Flash floods in three states

> Res­i­dents in coastal ar­eas urged to re­main alert for high-tide phe­nom­e­non

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY ASH­WIN KU­MAR

PETALING JAYA: Flash floods in Se­lan­gor, Perak and Kedah led to 432 peo­ple be­ing evac­u­ated from their homes yes­ter­day

In Se­lan­gor, 224 peo­ple from 52 fam­i­lies were evac­u­ated from Kam­pung Sun­gai Air Tawar, Sabak Ber­nam (57), Kam­pung Tok Muda, Ka­par, Klang (152) and Kam­pung Tok Adam, Tan­jong Karang (15) to re­lief cen­tres.

Se­lan­gor Fire and Res­cue De­part­ment as­sis­tant di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions Mohd Sani Harul said those af­fected were evac­u­ated since 8am yes­ter­day.

In Klang, the ar­eas hit were Kam­pung Tok Muda, Kam­pung Sun­gai Pi­nang, Pu­lau In­dah, Jalan KlangBant­ing, Pan­dama­ran, Ta­man Se­lat Da­mai and Port Klang while in Kuala Se­lan­gor it was Kam­pung Tok Adam in Tan­jung Karang and Pekan Bagan Pasir Pe­nam­bang.

Mohd Sani ad­vised those liv­ing near rivers and along coastal ar­eas to re­main alert and take pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures against the pos­si­bil­ity of floods over the next few days.

“Be vig­i­lant and pay at­ten­tion to the weather con­di­tions. Act fast if you fear some­thing un­to­ward is about to hap­pen,” he added.

Mean­while, Ur­ban Well­be­ing, Hous­ing and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Tan Sri Noh Omar hopes the Se­lan­gor gov­ern­ment would re­solve the prob­lem of flood­ing in the state stem­ming from the high­t­ide phe­nom­e­non.

He said some em­bank­ments were dam­aged due to the high­t­ide over­flow.

“We hope the Drainage and Ir­ri­ga­tion De­part­ment (DID) would look into ways to im­prove the em­bank­ments along the coastal ar­eas of the state.

“I will also bring this mat­ter up to the Cab­i­net and I hope the Se­lan­gor gov­ern­ment will co­op­er­ate as this is for the well­be­ing of the peo­ple,” he said.

Thir­teen ar­eas in five dis­tricts in Se­lan­gor were flooded due to the high-tide phe­nom­e­non since early Sun­day.

In IPOH, Ber­nama re­ported that 76 peo­ple from 15 fam­i­lies were evac­u­ated from Kam­pung Bagan Pan­chor, Pan­tai Remis, 80km from the city.

Mean­while, Bagan Da­toh dis­trict dis­as­ter man­age­ment sec­re­tary Mohd Zaidi Ah­mad said four houses were hit by flood wa­ters at Kam­pung Teluk Se­len­dang, lo­cated near the Perak river.

In ALOR STAR, three flood evac­u­a­tion cen­tres were re­opened in Kuala Muda dis­trict at 4am yes­ter­day fol­low­ing a sec­ond high-tide phe­nom­e­non.

Kuala Muda dis­as­ter man­age­ment com­mit­tee sec­re­tar­iat of­fi­cer Civil De­fence Sec­ond Lieu­tenant Aza­har Ah­mad said as at 9am, 132 peo­ple from 30 fam­i­lies were moved to De­wan Kam­pung Paya, Surau Kam­pung Sun­gai Yu and Seko­lah Ke­bangsaan Seri Kuala.

Some of the flood vic­tims tak­ing shel­ter at the Kam­pung Tok Muda hall in Ka­par.

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