Melaka to use technology to become flood-free by 2025

Melaka to use technology to become flood-free by 2025

  Melaka aims to be a flood-free state by 2025 through the use of innovative mitigation technology, says Datuk Seri Idris Haron ( pic ). The rural development and flood mitigation committee chairman said the proposed technology, coupled with conventional mitigation programmes, would have a significant impact in overcoming flooding problems, especially in villages. "A short-term plan (we put in place) managed to prevent major flooding during heavy downpours in the past few months, and this will be incorporated into the outline of our mitigation blueprint," he said on Friday (Aug 28). Idris said digital platforms to monitor and automate valves to channel excessive water to storage tanks and bunds would also be in the blueprint. "There is a need to look into activating water discharge whenever the state records high volumes of rainfall through the help of technology," he said. He added that this indigenous flood assessment system was being developed with the collaboration of researchers from a local university. "Floods have been a perpetual problem for the state in view. Huge allocations were utilised by the state government to provide financial aid and to house flood evacuees at relief centres," he said. The blueprint for making Melaka a flood-free state would help to minimise losses, as well as to reduce flood vulnerabilities, he added. Flood Hazard Map A risk assessment tool To reduce the adverse impacts of flood disasters A basic step in the formulation and effective implementation of either structural or non-structural flood mitigation measures Definition of Integrated Flood Management (IFM) An integrated approach for an effective and efficient flood mitigation management Maximise the efficient use of flood plain Minimise damage to properties and loss of life Elements of Integrated Flood Management (IFM) Maximise the positive aspects of water cycle Integrate land and water management Adopts best mix of strategies Ensure participatory approach Adopts integrated hazards management Official Portal for Department of Irrigation and Drainage Ministry of Environment and Water