Earlier at the moment, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku stated Penang’s present flood mitigation was outdated. — Picture by Miera ZulyanaKUALA LUMPUR, Nov 6 — The Institution of Engineers (IEM) urged Putrajaya at the moment to shift its consideration to local weather change, after Penang and Kedah skilled extraordinary rainfall that brought about lethal floods in a number of elements of the states over the weekend.
Noting that many locations in Malaysia had been already experiencing rainfall exceeding the 100-year Average Recurrence Interval (ARI), IEM president Tan Yean Chin stated the deal with local weather have to be thought-about by “various parties”.
“The climatic change issue ought to be thought-about in all the event and flood mitigation measures by badessing its influence and the way resilient we’re in dealing with the adjustments.
“The National Hydraulic Research Institute Malaysia (Nahrim) Technical Guide on ‘Estimation of Future Design Rainstorm under the Climate Change Scenario in Peninsular Malaysia’ is a good reference for adoption,” he stated in a press release.
The capability at most river and drain methods in Penang and Kedah, Tan stated, is lower than 100-year ARI.
Moving ahead, Tan proposed for Putrajaya to implement a complete and built-in flood mitigation masterplan to cater for the event planning in each the affected states.
The grasp plan, he stated, ought to embrace the flood mitigation and prevention motion plans for present and future developments, land use adjustments in addition to climatic change issue.
“IEM through its Water Resources Technical Division is most willing to badist the authorities to provide the necessary technical advice on flood mitigation and prevention measures including creating public awareness on flood related issues,” he stated.
Earlier at the moment, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku stated Penang’s present flood mitigation was outdated.
He stated the present drainage system couldn’t deal with the fast growth going down inside the state, particularly on the island, as land shortage makes it tougher to enhance sewerage, like constructing a reservoir.
Wan Junaidi baderted that Penang’s sewerage and irrigation system is 2 to a few a long time outdated and was deliberate with out anticipating the results of local weather change.
Over half of Penang was submerged in flood waters following heavy downpour that averaged greater than 250mm in simply 24 hours. That quantities to 60mm of heavy rain an hour, in keeping with official information.
Thousands of individuals in Penang, Kedah and Perak have been affected after the irregular rainfall over the weekend. Seven individuals have since died in Penang.