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Port Dickson Authorities Must Solve Flood Woes Quickly

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PORT DICKSON authorities must help solve flood woes in the district quickly as the continuous three-hour rain yesterday evening has been described as the worst ever.

Residents said the downpour triggered flash floods in several low-lying areas here inundating more than 20 homes.

Various pictures were posted on the Port Dickson Facebook page by the residents living in the popular beach resort, to emphasise just how bad the area had been hit by floods this time.

Checks conducted by New Straits Times found that various locations badly affected by the flash floods include Kampung Bagan Pinang, Kampung SiRusa Dalam, Port Dickson town, Jalan Utama Sunggala Gate, Batu 8 Teluk Kemang and Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Port Dickson.

A villager from Kampung Bagan Pinang, Ahmad Nazari, 45, said the flash flood came as a shock to the villagers here, following the heavy rain which started at 12pm.

“It was so sudden. We didn’t expect it to be this bad and didn’t make any preparations, hence we didn’t get to save our belongings,” he said.

“Our village is often hit by flood, but normally it is not that bad. The water had never inundated our houses, but it is a different scenario this time around,” he said.

Ahmad added, the clogged drains as well as the mushrooming of new residential areas could have been the cause to the flash flood.

SK Port Dickson Parents and Teachers Association committee member, Syed Shukri Nizam Jaafar, 41, said the school is also not spared from being hit by flash flood, everytime it rains heavily and continuously for more than two hours.

“The flash flood had damaged many school items. We have reported it to the authorities several times, but no action have been taken so far.

“The school area now looks like a swimming pool after the flash flood. Clogged drains is also another problem, which has distracted the students’ focus in the upcoming important examination soon. We will continue to raise this issue (flood) and will never stop until something is being done to fix the situation,” he said.

Meanwhile, when contacted, state Tourism Action Committee chairman Datuk Tun Hairudin Abu Bakar said, the flash flood which had hit several locations here could not be avoided as the heavy rain fell during the high tide.

“The water in Port Dickson flows directly from the drain to the sea but with the presence of high tide, the water is pushed back into the drain, causing flash floods in some areas.

“This is a problem that we have been facing year in and year out, but it is not related with clogged drain. We have expanded drains in certain areas here, but the same problem is still recurring,” said Tun Hairudin who is also Bagan Pinang state assemblyman. – NST

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