High tide and rains wreak havoc in parts of Selangor
Several locations along the coastline of Selangor were thrown into chaos after high waves caused flash floods on Monday and yesterday.
A total of 224 families were evacuated since Monday night to centres in several coastal districts in the state.
Selangor Fire and Rescue Department assistant director (operations) Mohd Sani Harul said badly hit places in Klang such as Taman Maznah and Kampung Tok Muda, Kapar saw floodwaters rising from 50mm to 250mm.
Other affected areas were Tanjong Karang town, which saw floodwaters as high as 900mm, Pantai Kelanang, Banting (5.6m) and Pantai Remis (5.6m).
“The situation is under control today (Tuesday) and there is no serious flooding like on Monday.
“The fact that it has not been raining heavily has also helped counter the flash floods,” added Mohd Sani.
Kampung Bagan Sungai Lima New Village, which is on the same island as the Pulau Ketam village, was also not spared from the wrath of high tide, with water rising to 5.6m.
The village suffered severe damages with many of the wooden walkways getting washed away by the rising seawater.
Pulau Ketam MCA chief Chia Mong Chun said the last time water rose that high was about 18 years ago.
“The winds have been very strong this year and it is one of the factors for the flash floods,” said Chia.
Selangor Disaster Management Unit head Ahmad Fairuz Mohd Yusof said this was the first time in recent years the high tide had broken the sea bund.
He added that the high tide forecast was 5.5m but it was 5.6m when it happened.
“This was because of intermittent rainfall, wind patterns, as well as inter-monsoon seasonal rains,” he said.
Ahmad Fairuz added that those living in high-risk areas such as Kampung Tok Muda in Kapar, Kampung Tok Adam, Tanjung Karang and Kampung Sungai Air Tawar, Sabak Bernam were immediately evacuated when the water level reached 5.6m.
State infrastructure committee chairman Zaidy Abdul Talib said the tides had broken bunds at Kampung Sungai Serdang and Pandamaran in Port Klang; Pantai Remis and Kampung Sungai Sembilang in Kuala Selangor; and Kampung Tok Muda in Kapar.
Repair works were being carried out by the Selangor Drainage and Irrigation Department, he added.
He also said that the state government would embark on immediate measures to counter the problem.
“The state government will initiate drastic measures to repair the bunds that were broken during the high tide and subsequent flooding.
“Long-term measures such as increasing the height of the bunds will also be carried out,” he said.
He added that similar high tide had been forecast every third week of each month this year with the height of the waves expecting to be 5.7m.
“The situation will get worse if there is also rainfall during the period,” added Zaidy.
He advised people living in vulnerable areas to be cautious at all times and to be prepared in the event such flooding occurred again.
PETALING JAYA: Flash floods in Selangor, Perak and Kedah had led to 432 people being evacuated from their houses today.
Total of 432 evacuated across 3 states due to flash floods
In Selangor, 224 people from 52 families were evacuated from their houses in 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 today.
In Klang, he said the areas hit by flood were Kampung Tok Muda, Kampung Sungai Pinang, Pulau Indah, Jalan Klang- Banting, Pandamaran, Taman Selat Damai and Port Klang while in Kuala Selangor were Kampung Tok Adam in Tanjung Karang and Pekan Bagan Pasir Penambang.
Mohd Sani advised those living near rivers and along the sea shores 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 will resolve the problem of flooding in the state stemming from the high-tide phenomenon.
He said some embankments were damaged due to the high-tide floods which resulted from sea water overflowing into the surrounding areas.
"We hope the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) will look into ways to improve the quality of the embankments along the coastal areas of the state.
"I will also bring this matter up to the Cabinet to seek methods to strengthen the embankments and I hope the Selangor government will extend it's cooperation as this is for the welfare of the people, especially those in the coastal areas," he said.
Thirteen areas in five districts in Selangor were flooded due to the high-tide phenomenon early Sunday.
In IPOH, Bernama reported that 76 people from 15 families were evacuated from their homes when 1.2 metres of flood water inundated Kampung Bagan Panchor, Pantai Remis, about 80km from here.
A state Fire and Rescue Department spokesman said the families were currently staying at the Kampung Panchor community hall.
"As of 6am this morning, 39 men and 37 women have been evacuated; there have been no reports of injuries or accidents," he said in a statement here.
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 with some occupants moved to Sekolah Kebangsaan Tapak Semenang.
In ALOR SETAR, — Three flood evacuation centres were reopened in Kuala Muda district at 4am today 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.
| Gewijzigd: 31 januari 2017, 11:29 uur, door Joyce.s