Heavy rain causes flash floods, jams in Klang Valley

HANI SHAMIRA SHAHRUDIN


KUALA LUMPUR: A heavy downpour since 3pm has caused flash floods in many areas in the city today.


Many roads in the city centre, including major highways were inundated with floodwater, temporarily causing traffic congestions.


City Fire and Rescue Department operations chief Samsol Maarif Saibani said among the flooded roads were Jalan Tun Razak, Jalan Pahang, Jalan Genting Klang, Jalan Batu Muda Tambahan, Jalan Kuching, Jalan Ampang, Jalan Mahameru, Jalan Duta, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Maharajalela, Jalan Raja Laut, Jalan Syed Putra, Jalan Dutamas, Jalan Ipoh, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Jalan Sentul and several other areas in the city.


Samsol added that the heavy rain also resulted in several uprooted trees in the city centre but no major incident has been reported as of 5.45pm.


In Selangor, 10 houses in Jalan Hulu Kelang were flooded as water level of Klang and Gisir rivers increased during the heavy rain.


Selangor Fire and Rescue Department assistant director Mohd Sani Harul however said nobody was relocated.


“The water level is 0.3 metre. The heavy rain at the area had caused a rising of water level at the rivers,” he said.


It was also reported that few low-lying areas in the state were temporarily flooded during the rain.


Twitter user Nur Atiqah tweeted saying the lane from Gombak to Middle Ring Road (MRR2) was inundated, and all three lanes were temporarily impassable.


“Whoever is driving from Gombak towards MRR2, please use another route. Flash flood in front of Petronas, just 300 metre after Zoo Negara. All three lanes impassable,” she posted.