By Zareef Muzammil
SUBANG JAYA, Sept 17 — The flood detection system installed by the Subang Jaya City Council (MBSJ) has made it easier for Subang Jaya residents to prepare in the event of possible flooding, as monsoon transition approaches.
Its state assemblyman Michelle Ng Mei Sze said the system issues an automatic warning if heavy rains in an area reach dangerous levels.
“A short message service (SMS) will be sent by the council to their disaster department. Residents will be subsequently informed to avoid going to or being in the affected area.
“As such all quarters must be careful with the recent unpredictable weather conditions,” she said after the handover ceremony for strata title grants to 420 families, at Pangsapuri PJS 7/15 yesterday.
On Wednesday, the Selangor State Secretary Datuk Haris Kasim urged all District Disaster Management Committees (JPBD) to prepare themselves in dealing with the Northeast Monsoon season, which will see an increase in expected rainfall from October to December.
Via a letter of instruction, he said the preparations will be aimed at handling the possibility of floods, flash floods, storms and landslides in several areas.
Ng added long-term measures to reduce the effects of climate change are also necessary, citing the lessons learned from the major floods that struck the state at the end of last year.
“Beforehand, the rainfall has always been high, but at the end of last year it was even more. Not only that, the current hot weather is also hotter than before.
“So we must take action, and not merely be careful. We have to look at long-term plans to slow down the climate change process,” she said.