News | 12-09-2022 | 05:33
Last Friday, September 2nd, the Dutch Risk Reduction Team (DRR Team) in the Netherlands released preliminary results on flood mitigation in Malaysia after a two-week mandate.
“December 2021 floods in Malaysia killed nearly 50 people, displaced nearly 400,000 people and caused an overall economic loss of RM6.1 billion. An unprecedented amount of rainfall. caused areas on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia to reach a depth of nearly four meters, turning roads into rivers.” (Source: Report ISEAS – YUSOF ISHAK INSTITUTE).
Many countries around the world face serious water threats. And climate change and the rapid growth of the world’s population are making these threats even more pressing. There is a growing need for advice on how to build a sustainable and safe water future. To respond quickly to these needs, the Dutch government set up his DRR team. This team of experts provides free advice to governments on how to solve urgent water problems related to flood risk, water pollution and water supply. In addition, we provide advice on how to prevent disasters and how to rebuild after water-related disasters. The DRR team he visited Malaysia from 22nd August to 2nd September and consisted of his five experts led by his team leader Marco Hartmann. Marco is a Senior Consultant in Water and Climate and a Senior Consultant at HKV, previously advising with his DRR team in Myanmar, Bulgaria and Albania. The team will advise the Malaysian government on developing strategies to address persistent flooding problems across Malaysia.
Marco Hartman says:
The team visited sites in the Sabak Bernam district, looked along the severely impacted Kuala Langat River, and surveyed the wetlands of Putrajaya. This is a successful example of a nature-based solution implemented in an urban environment.
The team presented several challenges related to land-use planning, data and modeling, and the timeframe required to implement sustainable long-term flood risk management. They also highlighted opportunities to initiate proactive approaches in flood risk management.
The DRR team is preparing a final report with follow-up actions that may be formally handed over to the Ministry of Environment and Water Malaysia on 9 December at ASIAWATER.
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