MPKS to widen, deepen drainage system in Kota Samarahan

File picture of flood in Taman Univista on Feb, 19, 2021

KOTA SAMARAHAN, Feb 19: Kota Samarahan Municipal Council (MPKS) will widen and deepen the drainage system to prevent recurring floods in the district where a few areas have been devastated by flash floods early this morning.

Taman Univista suffered a double blow as residents woke up to a pool of water outside their homes just two days into the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO).

MPKS chairman Dato Peter Minos was saddened with the fate of Taman Univista as it was one of the areas in the district worst-hit by flooding.

“MPKS will definitely see (to it) and do something together with the Department of Drainage and Irrigation (DID).

A blurry photo shows the water level reaching up to half the height of the tent stands in Taman Univista which is also under EMCO.

“Drains that needed to be widened and deepened will be done for sure. That’s the least that can be done.

“I feel so sorry for my friends residing in the next-door neighbourhood of Taman Univista because not only they are in the Covid-19 red zone and under EMCO but had to wake up with floodwaters around the houses this morning. It cannot be any worse than this,” he said in a statement today.

While unfortunately little can be done about the weather which can be erratic and unpredictable at times, Peter trusts that residents of Taman Univista were a hardy and resilient lot who can pull through these hard times.

He also noted that Kampung Pengkalan Kuap and Kampung Merdang Lumut were also badly hit by flooding while Taman Unigarden where he resides as well as Merdang Gayam just barely escaped it.

“The situation in Samarahan is not too good I must say. It saddens me that Samarahan has to experience this but we will get through it all and we will come out better.

“As the saying goes, after the rains, the sun will surely shine again,” he added.

A House in Taman Univista inundated by floodwaters.

Meanwhile, the unusually heavy downpour since evening yesterday (Feb 18) had drenched Kuching and Kota Samarahan with many areas reported to be flooded which have caused not only inconvenience to commuters but left a trail of damages.

Besides traffic congestions, residents in Taman Muara Tuang with the help of Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) Sarawak personnel were relocated to higher ground while a part of the main road leading to Lundu was reported to have collapsed and many businesses in Kota Samarahan were closed. -DayakDaily