December, January flood disasters cost RM6.1b losses

The crisis has cause various damages on public infrastructure as well as private homes and vehicles

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THE recent flood disaster that began at the end of last year and went on until earlier this year has led to losses amounting RM6.1 billion.

Deputy Environment and Water (KASA) Minister Datuk Dr Mansor Othman said the crisis had caused various damages on public infrastructure as well as private homes and vehicles.

“Based on the research done by the Department of Statistics Malaysia, the total amount of losses caused by the floods that took place in several states in the country from end-2021 until early-2022 amounted to RM6.1 billion.

“These include losses of properties, vehicles, manufacturing sector, businesses and agricultural sector,” he said in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday.

He was responding to a question from Teluk Intan MP Nga Kor Ming who asked for the total losses suffered by the nation due to the floods and steps taken by the government to mitigate future disaster.

Among the public infrastructure that were destroyed in the floods include hydrological structures and flood reservoirs as well as erosion of river banks which is estimated to be RM640 million.

To ensure works after the floods can be initiated immediately, KASA has realigned the existing internal allocation for repair works to reduce the impact of floods throughout the country.

“For areas that require comprehensive solutions, the ministry will apply for long term allocation through the five-year Malaysia Plan parked under the ministry,” he said.

He said the measures are taken to ensure every structural as well as non-structural approach to deal with floods can be implemented by taking into account various factors such as climate change in the planning, design and implementation of projects involving infrastructure and water sectors.

He added that Cabinet ministers have also decided to enhance and expedite flood mitigation projects by providing additional allocation of RM15 billion from 2023 until 2030.

“KASA will include climate change factors in increasing the level of Average Recurrence Interval (ARI) for drainage and coastal infrastructure from 100 years to 200 years of ARI.

“The ministry had also formulated a long-term mitigation framework for 50 years which will be done in phases starting 2023 to reduce the impact of floods onto sea level until 2100,” he said.

The Malaysian Meteorological Department had previously announced that Malaysia will experience a transitional phase of the monsoon from March 14 until mid-May.

This marks the end of the northeast monsoon that began in November last year.