Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman (right) with his two deputies Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah (left) and Datuk Yahya Hussin during the state assembly sitting. Pix by Malai Rosmah Tuah

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) has spent RM9 million over the past two years on small-scale rehabilitation works to reduce flood risks in Kota Belud.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Yahya Hussin said the ‘post-flooding’ and ‘river rehabilitation to reduce flood risks’ projects were funded by the federal government.

“Both programmes aim to reduce flash floods, involving 30 villages along Sungai Kedamaian and Sungai Abai.

“As a short-term plan, the DID has conducted dredging works, including a RM4.6million project at Sungai Abai to expedite the flow of flood water into the sea,” he said, adding that flood barrier projects for Sungai Kedamaian and Sungai Gurong Gurong are expected to be carried out in the near future.

Yahya, who is also state agriculture and food industry minister, was replying to a question by Dr Edwin Bosi (Parti Anak Negeri- Kapayan) during the state assembly sitting on the government's plan to address flash floods in Kota Belud, Tuaran, Sepanggar and Penampang.

As for Sepanggar, the state government has allocated RM15 million to upgrade 1.2 kilometres of monsoon drains, spanning from Taman Bandar Sierra to Taman Putera Jaya. The federal government has also approved RM20 million to build flood barriers at Bandar Sierra and a basin at Sungai Telipok.

DID meanwhile has also conducted maintenance, dredging and rehabilitation works at several drainage systems in the Tuaran area.

For Penampang and Putatan, there are also ongoing basin development projects at Sungai Moyog, Sabah Package 1 and Package 2, which will help address flood issues at both locations.

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