Selangor Journal

Flash flood hits several areas in the capital

KUALA LUMPUR, APR 12: Flash flood hit several areas in the capital due to continuous rain for over four hours yesterday.
The Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Operation Movement Centre Chief, Samsol Saibani Maarif said, the situation caused traffic congestion in several areas including Jalan Sentul, Batu Muda Tambahan and Persiaran Ampang Hilir due to pooled water.
“Jalan Lingkaran Tengah 2 (MRR2) near the Zoo Negara was also inaccessible by light vehicles from both sides, due to water level which rose to about 0.6 metre,” he said as reported by BERNAMA.
Besides that, flash flood had also hit the Police Training Centre (Pulapol) in Jalan Semarak while Sungai Bunus water level almost overflow, causing panic among the Malaysia National News Agency (BERNAMA) employees at Wisma Bernama in Jalan Tun Razak.
Bernama staffs being notified of the situation at about 5.30 pm had rushed out from the building to remove their vehicles parked near the river.
A Bernama reporter, Balqis Jamaludin, 29, said the atmosphere became quite chaotic when she and hundreds of other staffs were asked to remove their vehicles to avoid being submerged should the Sungai Bunus water overflow.
“Staffs on normal shift were directed to go home…however, we were thankful the rain started to ease by late evening,” she said.
A Pulapol officer on duty, Fazril Aznil, 24, said several classrooms in the training centre were filled with water, damaging equipment and furniture.
“Thank god that offices here were not flooded and pools of water started to recede by 6 in the evening,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Bomba Selangor Assistant Director of Operations, Mohd Sani Harul said the heavy rain caused water level in some rivers in the state to increase to danger level at 0.5 metre.
Sungai Kelang and Sungai Gisir water levels had also overflowed, affecting nearby residential areas.
“10 houses were damaged due to river overflow in the area, however no one is relocated so far,” he said.
According to Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) yesterday, heavy rain hit several districts in Kedah, Perak, Selangor, Federal territory of Kuala Lumpur, Negeri Sembilan, Johor, Pahang, Terengganu and Sarawak.

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