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Disaster Prevention and Mitigation

Principal Investigator (Affiliation) Prof. TOSAKA Hiroyuki (Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo)
Research Institutions in Japan The University of Tokyo / Chiba University / National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention (NIED) / Public Works Reserch Institiute (PWRI)
Research Institutions in Malaysia Malaysia Multimedia University (MMU) / University of Science, Malaysia (USM) / Tenaga Nasional University (UNITEN)
Adoption fiscal year FY 2010
Research Period 5 Years
ODA Recipient Country Malaysia
General Description of the Research Project

Heavy rainfalls in monsoon season cause serious floods/inundations and landslides in Malaysia
In Malaysia on Malay Peninsula, heavy rainfalls in monsoon season have frequently brought about flood/inundations and landslides. The rapid urbanization taking place in disaster prone areas in which actual countermeasures are none or not effective have been boosting the amount of damages. In this project, Malaysia-Japan organizations/researchers have been working cooperatively for realizing significant reduction of casualties and property damages by flood/inundations and landslide. We introduce and use recent technologies in the study, such as remote sensing (satellite and aircraft) and its analysis technologies, latest field monitoring technologies, up-to-date numerical simulation technologies and social communication software system. It is expected that the acievements in this project will be applicable not only for Malaysia, but for other south-east Asian countries for reducing water-related disasters.

Integration of data and proposal of EWS
Through the study, we will make up an integrated data base, install flood/inundation prediction software, prepare hazard maps for inundation prone areas, wide ranged risk maps of landslide, and propose EWS (Early Warning System) for quick and safe evacuation of local residents.

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Middle reaches of Kelantan River: During flooding, water level rises to the floors of houses. Inundations take place in many areas along the Kelantan downstream.

Middle reaches of Kelantan River: During flooding, water level rises to the floors of houses. Inundations take place in many areas along the Kelantan downstream.

Collapse of base of power line tower: Slope failures occur frequently, causing damages to social infrastructure, such as road blockages, collapse of power line towers. Extending urbanization may increase risk in residential areas.

Collapse of base of power line tower: Slope failures occur frequently, causing damages to social infrastructure, such as road blockages, collapse of power line towers. Extending urbanization may increase risk in residential areas.

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