Perak to install more early warning sirens to face floods [NSTTV]
State Infrastructure, Energy, Water, and Public Transport Committee chairman Datuk Mohd Zolkafly Harun said this was among measures taken to face floods apart from beefing up logistics, food supplies and evacuation centres. – NSTP/ L.MANIMARAN

SUNGAI SIPUT: More early warning sirens will be installed in Perak to alert residents on possible floods. 

State Infrastructure, Energy, Water, and Public Transport Committee chairman Datuk Mohd Zolkafly Harun said this was among measures taken to face floods apart from beefing up logistics, food supplies and evacuation centres. 

He said other agencies such as the Irrigation and Drainage Department (DID) and Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) would also continue with their task of monitoring water capacity at all dams in the state. 

“There are certain areas along Sungai Perak which already have warning sirens to provide early warning on the possibility of flooding, but we will increase (the number of) sirens to other areas which are often struck by flood waters. 

“We have taken action in readiness to face the possibility of flooding which can occur anytime as continuous heavy rain is expected to hit the country from mid-November,” he said. 

Zolkafly said this at a press conference after attending TSV Colouring Contest, jointly organised by Sungai Siput (U) Kelas Tabika Perpaduan at Rimba Panjang Community Hall here today. 

He said the media also needs to play its role by making announcements on the water level at rivers and dams, especially if the volume exceeds normal level so that people could make necessary preparations to evacuate. 

“We are monitoring the water level at all times and if it exceeds the limit, we will inform the people through the media and on what actions they need to take in the face of possible flooding such as preparing for evacuation, saving property and so on. 

“Apart from the relevant departments and agencies, our preparation also includes the involvement of non-governmental organisations (NGOs),” he said without revealing the number of existing flood warning siren stations in the state. 

It was reported on Friday that large-scale floods caused by continuous heavy rains were expected to strike the country from mid-November. 

The Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) director-general Muhammad Helmi Abdullah said the northeast monsoon during the period would bring continuous heavy rain that could lead to major floods. 

Muhammad Helmi said the La Nina phenomenon would intensify such weather that would last until early next year. 

Scattered thunderstorms will bring strong wind, heavy rain and flash floods in October.

Source : Berita Harian

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