By Nas Norziela Nasbah
SHAH ALAM, June 22 — The works to widen and deepen three rivers in the Paya Jaras state constituency ought to be carried out immediately, so as to reduce the risk of floods for residents.
Its state assemblyman Mohd Khairuddin Othman said Sungai Buloh, Sungai Subang, and Sungai Kedondong have become increasingly shallow and narrow, and are one of the causes of flash floods which affect hundreds of families.
“We have listened to the briefings by the Selangor Irrigation and Drainage Department (JPS) and hope the Federal government can provide the necessary allocation in the near future, to address the problems faced by Paya Jaras residents.
“In other words, there should be cooperation between JPS, the state government, and the Federal government to resolve this issue,” he said.
Mohd Khairuddin was speaking at a donation ceremony for flood victims, as well as a briefing session on the measures taken to address the flash flood incidents.
Held at Dewan MBSA Seri Pagi in Paya Jaras Tengah, 387 families from six villages in Paya Jaras who were affected by the floods in March received RM96,750 in donations from the state government.
He also urged JPS to conduct a dialogue session and carry out field visits to Kampung Kubu Gajah, where 265 houses were affected due to the floods.
“Paya Jaras’s main river passes through this village (Kubu Gajah), and as a result of the overflow, the residents are affected. If the nearby rivers can be dredged and deepened, it may prevent severe floods from recurring.
“As for the areas in Kampung Paya Jaras Dalam and Tengah, the problem is related to drainages, including shallow drains and blockages which causes the water to rise rapidly,” Mohd Khairuddin said, adding he hopes for a faster resolution from various quarters.
The briefing session was also attended by representatives from the Petaling District and Land Office, the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA), Sime Darby, and KDEB Waste Management.