Malaysia: Two-metre high flood waters engulf parts of Klang Valley

ZAHRATULHAYAT MAT ARIF New Straits Times 22 Jul 16;

KUALA LUMPUR: A severe thunderstorm today saw homeward-bound motorists caught in gridlock after several areas were inundated by flash floods.

The 4pm downpour, which lasted more than two hours, triggered flash floods in several areas of the Klang Valley.

These included Jalan Cheras, Kampung Cheras Baru and Jalan Lapangan Terbang in Subang.

Selangor Fire and Rescue Department assistant operations director Mohd Sani Harul said they received reports of metre-deep flood waters, but noted that no injuries were reported.

Mohd Sani said the department first received a distress call between 4pm and 5pm as the water level almost reached up to a metre deep near the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang.

The flash floods brought traffic to a standstill.

"Traffic slowed to a crawl for several hours, especially near the exit to the New Klang Valley Expressway," he said, adding that traffic conditions were back to normal by about 9pm.

Mohd Sani said the motorcycle lane along the Federal Highway near Subang Jaya was flooded between 4.30pm and 5.30pm. “The floodwaters were about a metre high.

Water from Sungai Damansara also overflowed there,” he said.

In Kampung Cheras, flood waters reaches up to two-metres in depth due to the failure of flood control pumping stations.

Meanwhile, stagnant water and poor drainage in Jalan Cheras headed towards Kuala Lumpur caused flash floods at 6.10pm.

"Firemen established that poor drainage led to the flash flood," he said.

Meanwhile, a City Fire and Rescue Department spokesman also cited that the construction of the mass rapid transit (MRT) system as a contributing factor.


Storm triggers flood chaos
The Star 23 Jul 16;

PETALING JAYA: Thunderstorms wreaked havoc in several locations in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur, causing flash floods that led to traffic snarl-ups.

Strong winds and downpours were reported yesterday near the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang with flood levels rising up to thigh-high.

Selangor Fire and Rescue Department assistant operations director Mohd Sani Harul said the flash floods occurred between 4pm and 5pm.

“It resulted in traffic slowing to a crawl for several hours, especially near the exit to the New Klang Valley Expressway,” he said.

Several motorists took to Twitter to vent their frustrations.

User @adrianashrmaine tweeted: “Subang airport to Glenmarie takes two hours.”

Another user, Khairun Nisa Ismail speaking as @putrikulon, bristled: “Shah Alam to Subang to Sungai Buloh. It took two hours. Omg terok giler traffic (traffic is horrible).”

Mohd Sani said a motorcycle lane along the Federal Highway near Subang Jaya was also flooded between 4.30pm and 5.30pm.

“The flood was about a metre-deep in the low-lying area. Sungai Damansara also burst its banks there,” he added.

Meanwhile, stagnant water and poor drainage in Jalan Cheras heading to Kuala Lumpur caused a flash flood at 6.10pm. A Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department spokesman also cited the mass rapid transit (MRT) construction as a contributing factor to the situation.

Separately, a team of firefighters removed a wall that collapsed at SK Taman Seri Rampai in Kuala Lumpur.

The spokesman said the wall had collapsed last month and needed to be removed to prevent schoolchildren from falling into a drain.

KL roads choked with traffic after heavy rain and flash floods
P. DIVAKARAN The Star 22 Jul 16;

PETALING JAYA: Several areas in Kuala Lumpur are experiencing unusually slow traffic after flash floods and heavy rain in the city on Friday afternoon.

According to Star Traffic's twitter account @mytraffic, traffic as at 5pm is slow along most main roads in and around Kuala Lumpur.

It was reported that traffic at 4pm was backed up along the East West Link (E37) from Seputeh to Taman Desa, possibly due to flash floods in the area.

Meanwhile, stagnant water caused problems for motorist on Besraya near the CIMB bank from the Pandan Jaya LRT station to Pandan Indah.

As at 4.45pm, however, the water level at both these areas had receded although traffic was reported to be moving slowly.

Heavy traffic is also reported around Jalan Syed Putra (from Mid Valley to the Kuen Cheng High School) and at Jalan Sultan Iskandar (from the Parliament building to PWTC).

Motorist are also being advised to expect delays along the Kerinchi Link from the Pantai toll headed towards the city via the Federal Highway.

The SMART tunnel remains open to traffic along both decks.

Flash floods and traffic chaos after Klang Valley thunderstorm
NADIRAH H. RODZI The Star 22 Jul 16;

PETALING JAYA: An afternoon thunderstorm wreaked havoc in several areas in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur, causing flash floods that led to traffic mayhem in the Klang Valley.

Strong winds and heavy downpours were reported Friday near the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang with floodwaters reaching thigh-high.

Selangor Fire and Rescue Department assistant operations director Mohd Sani Harul said the flash floods occurred between 4pm and 5pm.

“It resulted in traffic to slow to a crawl for several hours, especially near the exit to the New Klang Valley Expressway," he said.

Several motorists took to Twitter to vent their frustrations over the traffic mayhem.

A user with the tweet handle @adrianashrmaine tweeted: “Subang airport to Glenmarie takes two hours.”

Another user, identified as Khairun Nisa Ismail with the tweet handle @putrikulon, said: “Shah Alam to Subang to Sungai Buloh. It took two hours. Omg terok giler traffic (God, the traffic was horrible).”

Mohd Sani added that the motorcycle lane along the Federal Highway near Subang Jaya was flooded between 4.30pm and 5.30pm.

“The floodwater was about a metre high. Water from Sungai Damansara also overflowed there,” he said.

Meanwhile, stagnant water and poor drainage in Jalan Cheras heading towards Kuala Lumpur caused a flash floods at 6.10pm.

A KL Fire and Rescue Department spokesman also cited construction of the mass rapid transit (MRT) as a contributing factor.

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