Jo­hor hos­pi­tal flooded for three hours

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY LOW SOCK KEN

JO­HOR BARU: First came the fire, now the floods.

Af­ter hours of heavy rain yes­ter­day, some parts of Sul­tanah Ami­nah Hos­pi­tal (HSA) were in­un­dated by flash floods which lasted about three hours.

How­ever, the wa­ter was only about an­kledeep did not cause any dam­age.

Jo­hor Civil De­fence Depart­ment chief Mat Zin Bu­jang said parts of the hos­pi­tal com­pound were flooded when the nearby Sun­gai Chat over­flowed its banks.

“Wa­ter started to pour in from 10am, and slowly re­ceded about 12.45pm,” Mat Zin said, adding the flood was caused by the high tide phe­nom­e­non and con­tin­u­ous rain that sta­trted in the morn­ing.

Sev­eral per­son­nel from the depart­ment have been sta­tioned at the hos­pi­tal for mon­i­tor­ing pur­poses.

Mean­while in Shah Alam, the high tide phe­nom­e­non only af­fected res­i­dents of the Klang district in Se­lan­gor, with 144 peo­ple hav­ing to be moved to shel­ters as of 8am yes­ter­day.

A Se­lan­gor Dis­as­ter Op­er­a­tions Room spokesman said 117 vic­tims in­volv­ing 43 fam­i­lies were shel­tered at De­wan Serba­guna Kam­pung Tok Muda in Ka­par while 27 oth­ers from four fam­i­lies were housed at De­wan Palem­bang in Ran­tau Pan­jang, Klang.

“The tide reached a height of 5.5m along the Se­lan­gor coast but only res­i­dents in the Klang district were af­fected. Other re­lief cen­tres in Sabak Ber­nam have yet to be opened,” he told Ber­nama.

The high tide phe­nom­e­non is ex­pected to last un­til Fri­day. The Klang and Sabak Ber­nam dis­tricts are most at risk while Kuala Se­lan­gor, Kuala Lan­gat and Sepang are also po­ten­tial flood ar­eas.

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