Floods: DID takes steps to mitigate high tide phenomenon, floods in Batu Pahat

PUTRAJAYA: The Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) has taken several preparatory measures to face the high tide phenomenon that is predicted to occur around Batu Pahat, Johor from Sunday (Jan 2) to Wednesday (Jan 5).

Ministry of Environment and Water (KASA) secretary-general Datuk Seri Dr Zaini Ujang (pic) said that the short-term action involved preparations for flash flooding, especially in low-lying areas in Batu Pahat such as Parit Johar and Jalan Sultanah.

He said this included ensuring that all six flood control gates function properly and no sediments and rubbish clog the drainage system.

“The DID has also built barriers using sandbags and carried out sediment suction along the underground drains in Jalan Sultanah,” he said in a statement on Sunday.

The high tide phenomenon was expected to occur in Batu Pahat from Sunday to Jan 5 and flash flooding can happen if there was a collision between high tide and heavy downpour that could result in drainage systems getting congested.

Zaini said the department also took the first step by constructing a 200-metre embankment from Parit Lapis to Taman Nira last year to prevent overflow of Sungai Batu Pahat into the area around Taman Nira, Batu Pahat.

“Residents living near coastal areas and major rivers are advised to be on alert and follow the latest developments including warnings issued by the authorities as well as ensure the drainage system near homes is always maintained to facilitate water flow,” he said.

For more information on the current water level status of rivers nationwide, the public can visit the website publicinfobanjir.water.gov.my or through the MyPublicInfoBanjir application. – Bernama