Malacca to build dam and reservoir to reduce floods

Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam has proposed to build a dam and reservoir in the state to reduce floods.

Mohd Ali said the proposed dam would be build at Sungai Gangsa while a reservoir in Belimbing Dalam, Alor Gajah and Lipat Kajang, Jasin are also in the pipeline.

“I will submit the proposal directly to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak tomorrow,” he told reporters after visiting flood victims at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Munsyi Abdullah here today.

Mohd Ali said the state government was also studying possibilities to widen and deepen some of the rivers, especially Sungai Gangsa, to avoid floods after a heavy downpour.

He added that the flood situation in the state had improved considerably at noon today as flood waters had subsided in some areas, but the condition would be monitored closely.

As of noon, 3,396 flood victims remained at 21 relief centres throughout the state, he said.