Afternoon torrential rain triggers flash floods, landslides, across Klang Valley

TEOH PEI YING

KUALA LUMPUR: Afternoon torrential rain has triggered flash floods and major traffic disruptions across the Klang Valley.

The downpour caused a minor landslide at Bukit Antarabangsa, though no damage has been reported.

The underground store of the McDonald’s outlet at Wisma Teck Lee at Jalan Tun Perak was inundated with up to seven feet of floodwater, while the outlet’s ground floor area was flooded up to one foot. As of 7pm, the Fire and Rescue Department is still working to drain the premises.

Flash floods occurred across the city, with the worst-affected areas being Jalan Melayu bazaar, LRT Masjid Jamek, Wisma Yakin, St Mary’s church and Taman Ibu Kota.

Selangor Fire and Rescue Department operations officer Muhamad Hissam Sidik said the Bukit Antarabangsa landslide occurred at Riverdale Park at about 4pm.

“The incident took place behind Block B. There were no casualties,” he said.

Meanwhile, city Fire and Rescue Department operations officer Samsol Maarif Saibani said the Jalan Melayu bazaar was badly affected by the heavy rain.

“Places such as LRT Masjid Jamek and Wisma Yakin were flooded, as water from the Klang River had overflowed,” he said.