Cameron Highlands – Work to deepen and repair the banks of Sungai Bertam will begin next month, said Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri G. Palanivel.
He said the improvement work would begin after issues and compensation, involving 11 lots of individually-owned land in Lembah Bertam, which were inundated by floods in October last year, had been settled.
He said it would be implemented via a RM40 million allocation approved last year.
“Although the allocation was approved earlier, the work will be implemented only after the issues are resolved,” he told reporters after inspecting the flooded areas in Lembah Bertam here today.
He said work to repair the banks, including straightening the river, must be implemented to prevent floods in the area from recurring.
On the allocation of RM40 million to improve Tasik Ringlet, Palanivel said he would discuss the matter at the Cabinet meeting next week.
“The water overflow after heavy rain resulted in Kampung Baru, Ringlet area, being inundated. As such, improvements to the river must be implemented.”
In the incident at 6.30pm on Wednesday, residents along Sungai Bertam were ordered to move out when the water at the Sultan Abu Bakar Dam was released in stages due to its rising level of the reservoir following heavy rain.
The town of Ringlet was inundated by a flash flood when the water from the nearby river overflowed after an hour of heavy rain.
Five people were killed and five were injured in the incident.
The floods also affected 203 residents from 47 families in Kampung Baru and Lembah Bertam. They have been moved to the Ringlet community hall.