KOTA KINABALU: A study needed to be conducted on the long-term impact of the Ranau earthquakes and flash floods in Kota Belud to
prevent a major crisis such as shortage of water supply from happening in future.
Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said this would help deal with or mitigate the negative consequences of natural disasters (earthquakes) that hit the state this year and in the future.
“The water shortage in Ranau and Kota Belud could adversely affect the people’s livelihood in both districts, particularly farming activities in Kota
Belud. We might face a serious crisis in future if we aren’t careful,” he said.
Masidi said this when officiating the two-day natural disaster seminar and a workshop on ‘Building Codes Against Earthquake Forecasting and Trend Analysis’ here on Tuesday evening.
The seminar, a follow-up of an earlier talk held in 2013, was organised by University Malaysia Sabah (UMS) and Institute of Geology Malaysia in partnership with Taiwan’s Kao Yuan University.
It was attended by 137 experts and participants from Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore and Indonesia in UMS to exchange technology and knowledge in natural disaster research.
According to Masidi the state government had decided that all new buildings planned for future development near areas with potential for earthquakes, including in the capital city must take into consideration the impact of quakes.
He said City Hall would take this into account when issuing approval for building structures while the Public Works Department was expected to give its input on the matter.
“I hope the research collaboration among participants at the seminar would provide a greater understanding of natural disasters affecting the region and find appropriate ways to reduce their risks,” Masidi said.
Meanwhile the organising chairman Professor Dr Rodeano Roslee said output from the workshop was expected to become a reference and guidelines for setting standards for earthquake resistant buildings in the country.-BERNAMA