Malaysia on nationwide high alert for potential disasters

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December 29, 2021

PETALING JAYA: On high alert to potential disasters such as landslides and flooding with the northeast monsoon season underway, the Department of Public Works (JKR) and Department of Minerals and Geosciences (JMG) are stepping up measures precautionary measure to ensure public safety.

JKR Managing Director Datuk Mohamad Zulkefly Sulaiman said the department is committed to protecting all road users and has taken steps to ensure all roads and accesses are safe, with measures to precaution such as warning signs and traffic management plans also in place.

“JKR has also identified all high flood risk roads that may cause failures, especially on road structures, by maintaining, cleaning and repairing drainage systems from clogs and debris that may obstruct water flow. in order to be ready throughout the monsoon season, ”he said in a recent statement.

At 10 a.m. yesterday, JKR detected a total of 75 sites across the country that have been affected by related natural disasters, including multiple landslides.

There are 24 locations affected by flooding, 39 locations with landslides, 10 locations with collapsed roads, one location with a sunk road, and one location affected by a sunk or broken bridge.

“They concern six states, namely Kelantan, Pahang, Kedah, Negri Sembilan, Selangor and Terengganu. A total of 24 federal highways and 50 national highways were also affected, ”JKR said in a statement yesterday. “JKR district officers are also on standby around the clock and ready to mobilize in case another flood or disaster strikes,” Mohamad Zulkefly said, adding that through JKR district offices, the department had identified and increased the frequency of inspections and patrols on slopes and roads during this monsoon season, especially in areas of dangerous and high risk slopes.

“Monitoring will be done by visual methods such as performing more inspections on the condition of structures and components of slopes and roads.

“The identification of all slope locations on the basis of ‘hazard and risk maps’ which need to be strengthened is also underway at the site,” he added.

He said that JKR is also monitoring precipitation with the installation of rainfall stations, as well as early warning monitoring equipment, which can detect the movement of slope surfaces at critical locations, so that an early warning of ‘possible landslides can be emitted.

“JKR is also one of the members of the National Disaster Management Committee where we will work closely with the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) and government agencies such as the Irrigation and Drainage Department, the Malaysian Meteorological Department and others to channel all information. concerning the state of road infrastructure at national level via Nadma.

“The dissemination of information on disasters is done to ensure that updates can be widely communicated to the public,” Mohamad Zukefly said.

JMG recently published a list of responsible person contact numbers (PICs) who can receive reports from the public on landslides – a total of 20 PICs for the 13 states and federal territories.

“The role of each PIC is to receive information in the event of a landslide geological disaster.

“Upon receipt of the information, JMG will take further action by assessing the level of disaster and the need to mobilize a geological disaster response working group,” Kedah, Perlis and Penang ICP said when he has been contacted.

PIC’s contact list can be found on JMG’s social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, and on its website.

“In addition to publishing the list of PICs, the department also publishes posters of early warning signs of a landslide and monitors critical locations of landslide risk slopes in each state,” PIC said. .

After monitoring critical slope locations throughout the year, JMG identified a total of 122 high-risk critical slopes with landslide potential.

According to the JMG location map of critical slope locations, Perak has the highest number of high risk slopes with 18, followed by Selangor with 15 and 12 each for Negri Sembilan, Sabah and Sarawak.

There are also 11 critical slope locations in Penang, 10 each in Johor and Kelantan, seven in Terengganu, six each in Kedah and Pahang, two in Melaka, and one in Perlis.

The location map and list of names of critical slope locations, which was released by JMG on December 19, can be viewed on the department’s Twitter account.


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