Year: 2015 | Month: October | Volume: 2 | Issue: 10 | Pages: 624-640
A Thematic Analysis on the Causes of Flood Disaster and Roles of Smart Tunnel in Flood Disaster Management in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Nuhu Isah, Maimunah Binti Ali
Department of Technology Management, Faculty of Technology Management and Business, University Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia.
Corresponding Author: Nuhu Isah
Managing environmental disaster requires the use of technology into how technology is used to minimize the casualties and loss incurred when disaster strikes. This research is based on the roles of tunnels’ technology in managing environmental disaster with a specific focus on the roles SMART tunnel plays as the tool in flood prone areas. SMART is an acronym for “Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel”. This project is located in Kuala Lumpur the capital metropolitan city of Malaysia. The SMART Tunnel project was initiated by the Former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammad under the Malaysian Development Plan. The project is undertaken as a joint venture projects between the government and the private sector corporation. This study therefore, makes an effort to investigate the causes of flood disaster as well as the roles SMART Tunnel plays in the city centre of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Nevertheless, the study adopted a qualitative approach, six respondent were targeted which form the sample size. However, five of them were met and interviewed. Similarly, interviews was undertaking with the five people three of which are from Drainage and Irrigation Department while two are from the Malaysian Highway Authority. However, thematic network analysis and chi-square were used for data analysis. The study has discovered that urbanization, weather condition, poor drainage system, number of rivers are the causes of flood disaster in Kuala Lumpur, whereas, SMART Tunnel plays a very vital role in Flood disaster management and traffic congestion management in the city centre of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.
Keywords: Tunnel, SMART, Flood, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.