THE implementation of Johor’s Flood Mitigation Plan (FMP) Phase 1 has succeeded in reducing the number of flood victims in the Segamat district by 52% to 11,040 people, the state assembly was told today.
State Tourism, Environment, Heritage and Culture Committee chairman K. Raven Kumar said before the RTB Phase 1 was carried out, there were 21,158 flood victims in the district.
He said the work under FMP Phase 1, which was carried out between 2011 to 2016, involved six packages including upgrading works on Sg Genuang and Sg Chodan, construction of the Genuang bridge, and diversion of Sg Segamat-Sg Genuang.
“The total cost for FMP Phase 1 is RM172.8 million. However, there are still some areas that are experiencing floods, namely, Kg Pogoh Tengah, Kg Bukit Limau Manis, Kg Sri Rahmat, Kg Chodan and Kg Seberang Batu Badak, involving 252 flood victims.
“The flood occurred due to the overflow of Sg Muar into the Pogoh area,” he said when answering an oral question at the First Meeting of the 15th Johor Legislative Assembly at the Sultan Ismail Building today.
Raven (BN-Tenggaroh) said the Irrigation and Drainage Department has prepared a long-term plan through the FMP Segamat Phase 2 project, which will be implemented in two packages.
“The menteri besar of Johor (Onn Hafiz Ghazi) has also approved an allocation of RM500,000 to carry out survey work this year.
“I believe with the preparation of a long-term plan through the FMP Segamat Phase 2 project with a total cost of RM650 million, the Johor government is committed to reducing the number of flood victims in the Segamat district,” he said.
Raven said this when answering an oral question from N. Saraswati (BN-Kemelah) who wanted to know the state government’s action in preventing floods in the Segamat district as well as her supplementary question on how the FMP project has succeeded in reducing the number of flood victims in the district.
Segamat became the first district in Johor to be hit by floods earlier this year, affecting thousands of residents, and resulting in many of them being moved to temporary evacuation centres. – Bernama, June 19, 2022.