Selangor Journal
Team Selangor volunteers clean one of the houses affected by flash floods incident in Hulu Langat, on November 23, 2021. — Picture by Team Selangor

Local councils on alert for monsoon transition

By Norrasyidah Arshad

SHAH ALAM, Nov 24 — The local authorities in Selangor are ready to face the monsoon transitional phase, which could cause floods and landslides to happen, says Ng Sze Han.

The state executive councillor for local government said apart from equipment needs, the local authorities have also ensured all community halls are in good condition for use as temporary relief centres.

He said the immediate response team, also known as the Special Action Squad (Pantas) which will handle disaster and emergency cases at each municipality, are also on standby to be deployed to the affected areas.

“I hope all parties can work together to face the challenging phase as well as to help floods victims,” Ng told SelangorKini today.

Yesterday, heavy rain lasting for three hours in Klang Valley resulted in flash floods at several areas in Ampang, Hulu Langat and Gombak, with the water level reaching 1.5 metres.

Following the incident Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari instructed the local authorities, the KDEB Waste Management (KDEBWM), along with the constituencies’ service centres, to relocate the victims and give emergency assistance.

Meanwhile KDEBWM has deployed 12 arm-roll lorries to help clean the affected areas in Ampang which were affected by flash floods on Monday. 

The councillor said the lorries were mobilised yesterday, assisted by 12 officers and 12 subcontractors, to collect bulk waste including furniture.

“Floods victims are asked to remain calm and keep clean. We request that bulk waste be placed outside the house, so that the collection process can run smoothly,” he said.

Ng added the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council also provided various assistance including logistical help, temporary evacuation centers, clean water supply, and to remove fallen trees.

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