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Housing and Local Government (KPKT) Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican (centre) speaks to the media at the Mega Cleanup Programme in Taman Sri Muda, Shah Alam, on January 8, 2022. — Picture by HAFIZ OTHMAN/SELANGORKINI

Nearly 80,000 tonnes of waste collected in flood-hit states, more than half in Selangor

By Mustakim Ramli

SHAH ALAM, Jan 9 — A total of 77,465 rubbish was collected in the post-flood clean-up operation by the Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation (SWCorp) in Kuala Lumpur and four states, namely Pahang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Selangor.

Housing and Local Government (KPKT) Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican said 48,100 tonnes out of the total figure were collected in Selangor alone, which was managed by the KDEB Waste Management Sdn Bhd (KDEBWM).

“The ministry had allocated a total of RM12.5 million for solid waste management and public cleansing in the affected states. This includes the RM5.03 million funds for Selangor.

“The corporation between SWCorp and KDEBWM resulted in the collection of almost 50,000 tonnes of post-flood rubbish, with 20,500 tonnes generated in areas under the purview of the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA),” said Reezal at a post-flood cleaning operation in Taman Sri Muda here, yesterday.

Also present was Selangor Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari.

The programme had involved some 1,400 volunteers and 600 cleaners in the cleaning process of the flood-affected locations, especially in hard-to-access areas such as drainages and back alleys.

The heavy monsoon rain on December 17 and 18 last year, which was equal to the average rainfall for a month, had caused several states such as Pahang and Selangor to be badly hit by floods.

The state government and Federal agencies had mobilised their assets, including firefighters, police and the army, to relocate the flood victims and distribute aid.

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