A RM137.1-million flood mitigation project will begin to be implemented in this town next month, Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu said today.

Sibu town submerged in water when it was hit by flood late 2007.

File photo of Sibu town taken on Dec 13, 2007. The entire town was submerged in water for days cutting access to both side of the Rejang river. Government yesterday announced flood mitigation works to begin in February.

The project information was conveyed by Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Douglas Uggah Embas, he told reporters at the Chinese New Year open house at the residence of Assistant Minister of Public Health and Housing Datuk Dr Soon Choon Teck, here.

According to a statement from Uggah’s office, the Ninth Malaysia Plan project has been awarded to three companies — Dwimula Bina Sdn Bhd, Hock Seng Lee Bhd and Nomisual Sdn Bhd — under a joint venture and is expected to be ready by February 2012.

It says the project involves upgrading Upper Lanang Road here, whereby it will be raised along a 2.8-km stretch to act as a bund.

“The drains on both sides of the road will be widened and turned into covered drains-cum-walkways.

There will be three floodgates and two pumping stations to flush out the floodwaters,” the statement adds.

Jabu described the project as a Chinese New year gift to the people here.

In a similar development, RM31.9 million too has been allocated by Uggah’s ministry for flood mitigation works in Bau town near Kuching.

The project, to begin also next month, involves raising the existing Bau Road for a distance of 3.3 km to act as a flood bund, among other things. The project is expected to be completed in less than two years.

— BERNAMA