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The sight in Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Kuala Lumpur on April 25, 2022, after becoming inundated by a flash flood following heavy rainfall in the nation’s capital, causing many vehicles to become stuck or otherwise unable to travel. — Picture by BERNAMA

KL flood mitigation management yet to achieve its objectives — Audit Report

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 3 — Kuala Lumpur’s flood mitigation management has not yet achieved its objectives based on the scope and audit samples covering six of the 23 or 26.1 per cent of the flood mitigation projects under the Kuala Lumpur City Rainwater Management Drainage System Master Plan (Master Plan) and the flash flood hotspots.

According to the Auditor-General’s Report 2021 Series 1, the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has not fully implemented the proposed short-term flood mitigation measures (2018-2022) under the Master Plan, causing the problem of flash floods to remain unresolved.

“In addition, flash floods keep recurring even after the implementation of flood mitigation projects.

“Furthermore, there are weaknesses in the aspects of programme management including the appointment of contractors, contract administration, maintenance work as well as components and configurations of the flood reservoirs and recreation ponds,” said the report.

To overcome the weaknesses highlighted and to ensure that no recurrence in the future, the Auditor-General has proposed that the DBKL implement flood mitigation projects in a balanced and consistent manner by taking into account the consultants’ proposals and the requirements of hotspot projects so the implementation of flood mitigation programmes are more comprehensive and holistic.

The Auditor-General also proposed that local authorities conduct an outcome evaluation of the mitigation programme base on the DBKL Standard Operating Procedure in terms of its effectiveness in dealing with floods.

“Review the components and configurations of flood reservoirs and recreation ponds owned by DBKL and carry out scheduled maintenance works to ensure that the flood reservoirs and recreation ponds are functioning optimally.

“Maintain timely records of assets or infrastructure of rivers and flood reservoirs and recreation ponds as well as improve on-site monitoring methods for project supervision and project maintenance,” it said.

— Bernama

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