JOHOR BAHRU: Johor’s Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim said on Wednesday (12/01/2022) that his party plans to find an appropriate and permanent solution to address the flood problem in Johor of Malaysian state.
According to him, some of the most important things that need attention are first, a drainage system and sewerage that has a high capacity for rainwater; second, effective river management; and third, a high level of preparedness to deal with disasters.
“Flooding is a problem that happens almost every year,” he said in a Facebook post. “Although there have been improvements in flood mitigation efforts since … 2006, I intend to find a permanent solution to the flood problem in Johor.”
He said that prevention is better than cure. He will organize a river cleaning program in the state and run a special program next month to raise public awareness about the importance of keeping rivers clean.
The Crown Prince of Johor also said that the Sultan of Johor and his family will continue to work with the government and experts on water management and drainage systems for guidance on initiatives and efforts to improve flood mitigation in the state.
The flood situation in Johor continued to improve, with the number of flood victims dropping to 1,044 as of Wednesday at 4pm, compared to 1,227 as of Wednesday morning, housed in 23 relief centres.
Meanwhile, four districts – Muar, Segamat, Tangkak and Batu Pahat – are still affected by flooding.