JOHOR BARU, Nov. 22 – Johor's government attempted to prevent the fear that four villages in the central region of the state are under threat to be submerged by flood waters, following the last structural damage to the nearby lady of Sembrong.
More than 800 inhabitants, Kampung Sawah Sagil, Kampung Cahaya Baru, Kampung Parit Kangkar and Kampung Dalam, in Batu Pahat and Ayer Hitam said they were in danger of having their homes destroyed if the Sembrong lady was operating.
However, Mr. Sahruddin Jamal, president of Johor Health, Environment and Agriculture Committee, said that the situation was not in a critical stage and the state government closely monitored it with the related agencies.
"I personally visited the affected areas [on Tuesday] and wants to emphasize that there is no statement of authorities saying that the Sembrong lady will explode causing expanded damage.
"Recognized that the important agencies are making their best content of structural damage at the Sembrong lady," he said, when yesterday had been contacted by Malay Mail.
The rumors of the Sembrong lady in a critical condition and at the risk of explosion followed Johor watering and Drainage Department (DID) a brief circulation on social media this week on damages to the dam, with waterfall due to sinkhole.
The abbreviation, published on November 19, noted that in order to avoid unwanted events, the DID acted to release water from the dam to reduce the pressure on its wall structure.
"This action will be carried out constantly until the security status of the dam is confirmed by those who are investigating the incident," read Johor DID's four-line commission.
The short also added that due to the action, some low areas of the dam like Kampung Sawah Sagil and surrounding areas will meet the released water.
It added that the measurement was part of the three stages of the Emergency Plan Plan (EAP), where the first and second stages were carried out by monitoring and identifying the situation, while preventive measures were executed.
The third stage, which must still be carried out, will include evacuation procedures.
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At the moment, Dr. Sahruddin said it was not a cause of alarm or a need for evacuation as the DID only released 0.5m of its total 10m water reserve to alleviate pressure to the dam as the first and second EAP.
He said some areas of Kampung Sawah Sagil experienced a slight rise in water levels due to this.
"This is for the DID to carry out preventive measures and adjust the situation," he said, adding that the Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian was also informed about the matter during the previous state executive committee.
Dr. Sahruddin, who is also the Bukit-Kepong assembly, said he will address the progress on the Sembrong lady for the benefit of the public.
Meanwhile, Johor-policemen leader Datuk Mohd, Khalil Kader Mohd, said the police had been attentive to the situation and resisted on events.
"At the moment, the state police has about 300 police officers from the internal security and public order units pending deployment.
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At the moment, Johor is going through an extraordinary witch due to the inter-monzona period of the year.
Because the state is experiencing heavy rains, the Sembrong watercourses are constantly monitored by authorities.
The four villages, along the borders of Ayer Hitam and Batu Pahat in central Johor, are located in low areas and are mostly known for paddy-farming, with 173 acres of high fields.
The lady of Sembrong was completed in 1984 for RM24 million. Its area is 130.0 km² wide, while its reservoir is 8.5 km² wide.
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