SEREMBAN: The Negeri Sembilan government is increasing preparedness to face any possible flooding in the near future by establishing cooperation with the governments of Selangor and Penang.
Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun, said his party had discussed with Selangor and Penang to deal with any possibility of flooding and efforts to minimize the risk of flooding.
“Among the things that have been decided is to replace the location of the transfer center which is not suitable for a more suitable and safe one.
“We (Nine States) will also help face the flood disaster together, including the provision of volunteer membership as well as the welfare aspects of flood victims,” he said here, yesterday.
Earlier he officiated the Celebration of Innovation and Occupational Safety and Health Day, Department of Irrigation and Drainage (JPS), at Wisma Negeri, here, yesterday.
Aminuddin said that the series of major floods that occurred at the end of last year, provided useful experience for relevant agencies and departments to prepare more thoroughly.
He said, the state DPS was asked to take more action than usual to deal with flood disasters.
“I have asked JPS to be more proactive in monitoring the condition of the river even though the river is not a flood ‘hotspot’ including ensuring that the river’s water flow is in good condition.
“There are no fallen trees or palm tree fronds that block the flow of the river,” he said.
He hopes that all parties will always be prepared with the best planning to face the effects of climate change so that the damage caused by natural disasters can be minimized.
“Climate change is a big challenge for departments that are responsible for managing the environment like this DPS.
“At the end of last year, we were able to witness areas that are rarely affected by floods can also be inundated due to excessive rain.
“I hope that all related agencies in this state will be equally prepared from all aspects to ensure that the effects of floods can be minimized and not as bad as what happened in December last year,” he said.