The flash flood that happened in Kota Kinabalu in September that damaged many properties and roads is an isolated incident and has a very slim chance of re-occuring, according to Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry Datuk Seri Panglima Yahya Hussin.
According to Yahya, the Department of Irrigation and Drainage has collected data on the rainfall and has determined that the intensity of the rainfall on the 8th of September during the flash flood is over the rainfall average in Kota Kinabalu.
As a short-term step to prevent the recurrence of flash floods, the Department has cleared the drains that are under its jurisdiction, according to Yahya at the State Assembly Seating on Wednesday in reply to a question posed by Likas Assemblyman Wong Hong Jun who asked what the steps the State Government is taking to prevent flash floods.
The government has also approved a study to formulate a long-term “Review of Kota Kinabalu Drainage Master Plan” . The study will assess the effectiveness of the existing Monsoon drains and will provide recommendations for improvement, Yahya added.