Floods can be controlled when north-east monsoon arrive



Floods has caused a big problem to man in the east coast of Malaysia last year. It was just less than 12 months ago. Watch the problems in this video produced by Harakah Daily titled "Sekitar banjir di Pantai Timur"

The annual haze problem that usually start from mid-August to mid-October has gone and the next problem is the annual floods that worry that people in the east coast of Malaysia.

The monsoon has just storms in to blow the haze away and bring blue skies but the raging winds can wreak havoc.

Expecting to last till next Tuesday a day after the Sijil Peperiksaan Malaysia first paper, rippling from southern Vietnam, waves as high as high as 11 feet is coming together with the 50 km per hour rushing winds.

Each year, residents in the east coast States like Kelantan, Trengganu and Pahang suffer the wrath of the floods during the year-end monsoon. States that are not spared from the over-spilled are Perlis, Kedah, Penang, Perak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Johor, Sarawak and Labuan. Not considering the losses of Ringgit Malaysia 260 millions, loss of lives is noted year after year. Is such losses preventable ?

If sloping land is cultivated with rows that follow the contours, many miniature trenches are created to catch and hold most of the water that may come in a downpour. With nothing to check it, running water washes away good topsoil and digs deep, ugly scars in the earth. In addition to monsoon water, the running water and the debris could cause larger floods with clog rivers, streams and drains.

2014 was Malaysia's worst flooding in decades...and the rising floods water was uncontrollable. Many take refuge in relief centers. Even children as young as age 2 is asking, "Abah, kali ini, kita kena pindah ?" Few forces in the world are more destructive than uncontrolled floods.

One way of flood-control measure is the building of many small dams at the head-waters of rivers instead of only one or two giant dams at critical points downstream.

These dams not only help to control floods; but they can also be engineered to store water for purposes of irrigation during times of need or be piped to arid lands or to low-water running rivers.

It is hope that this year floods water would not be as raging as last year.

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