KOTA KINABALU: The state government is tackling the water shortage issue faced by the residents in Ranau and Kundasang following the flash floods and landslides disaster that were caused by the earthquake in 5 June.
Explaining the matter, the Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Musa Aman, said the state Water Department is giving its best to restore water supplies to the communities in the affected areas.
“I am informed that 60 percent of the water supply will be restored by midnight,” he said to the media after the briefing session by Sabah Water Department Deputy Director, Teo Chee Kong, during his visit to Liwagu Water Catchment Plant and the evacuation centre at Ranau Community Hall.
Accompanying him were the state Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Datuk Masidi Manjun, Minister of Community Development and Consumer Affairs, Datuk Jainab Ahmad, State Government Permanent Secretary, Tan Sri Sukarti Wakiman, Sabah Federal Secretary, Datuk Borhan Dollah, and other related government department chiefs.
Musa said he has ordered for precautionary measures to be taken to handle the water shortage issue.
He also said two water treatment plant to process drinking water will be set up at Ranau township and Kg. Alur, Ranau.
“We understand the burden of the people due to the earthquake, and worsened by the lack of clean water,” he said, adding that the water plants each are able to produce 24 tonnes of drinking water daily, enabling the villagers to collect water for their use.
Musa explained that the new plants process raw water taken from river source into drinking water according to the standard regulated by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The plants are borrowed for free from Timatch and will be operational by Friday under the supervision of SWD until water supply in the affected areas are fully restored.
He said efforts are being done to remove woods debris from the river which blockade water from flowing to the water treatment plant.
He also said that collection centres have been set up to gather donations from the public and distribute bottled waters to the affected residents.
“I am happy to see the people of Sabah helping each other in time of crisis,” he said.
The government, he said, is monitoring the floods and landslides situation at Kg. Mesilau, Kundasang, and has evacuated its residents to temporary shelters.
In this regard, he calls for the public to stay alert and adhere to the orders issued by the authority for evacuation.
“We are always with the Ranau and Kundasang residents. We will do our best to handle the situation so that the communities will be able to return to their daily lives,” he said. – SayangSabah