Thunderstorm causes flash floods to Seremban and Johor

By Ben Tan and Jasmine Andria

PETALING JAYA, Nov 11 — As thunderstorms lashed the west coast yesterday, low-lying areas were inundated by flash floods in several states almost a week after a similar weather deluged Penang.

In Seremban, the main throughfare was in knee-deep water resulting in traffic either turning to a crawl or being brought to a standstill in most parts of the city.

Water level rose up to almost one metre in certain parts of Jalan Tuanku Munawir, and other affected area including Jalan Templer leading to Mantin and Bukit Tangga bound for Jelebu.

Seremban Fire and Rescue station chief Mohamad Idris said 15 firemen from the station and also from Senawang were deployed to the scene to monitor the situation.

He said there were no evacuations reported.

The flash floods remained until almost 8pm, and soon after that the water began to recede.

In Johor, two districts were reported to have struck by flash floods following a mid-afternoon downpour.

The main Johor Baru district and Pengerang in Kota Tinggi were hit with rising waters.

Johor Health, Environment, Education and Information committee chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat said flash floods were reported in five areas in Johor Baru due to a heavy downpour which started at 3pm.

“Among the areas affected were Kampung Pasir in Skudai, Kampung Laut at Batu 10 Skudai, Kampung Cahaya Baru in Masai, Kampung Paya in Tebrau as well as Kampung Sungai Tiram at Baru 20, Tiram,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Ayub added that Kampung Lepau in Pengerang, near Kota Tinggi was also hit by flash floods due to the excess rain water from the Petronas’ Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID).

He said the Civil Defence Force, under the state’s disaster management committee, deployed their Johor Baru and Kota Tinggi district personnel to provide aid to victims in the affected areas.

Checks with the Johor disaster management committee secretariat and also Civil Defence Force showed that the temporary relief centre in Johor Baru at Sekolah Kebangsaan Batu 10, Skudai, Johor, which operated since last night, still sheltered four families comprising 18 flood victims from Kampung Laut Batu 10, Skudai.

Ayub said the flash floods in Johor was still manageable.

“The Civil Defense Force, Fire and Rescue Department, District Office, Health Ministry, police and the state welfare department are managing the relief operations and flood monitoring,” he said.

The Meteorological Department announced that the thunderstorms yesterday were expected to continue into early today, affecting several states.

They are Kedah, Penang, Perak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Negri Sembilan, Melaka, Johor, Pahang, Kelantan and Sabah.

The department in its social media page said the affected areas were Yan, Pendang, Kuala Muda, Sik, Baling, Kulim and Bandar Baharu (Kedah); Kuala Kangsar, Kinta, Kampar and Batang Padang (Perak); Cameron Highlands, Lipis, Raub, Bentong, Bera, Rompin, Pekan and Kuantan (Pahang), and Tumpat, Pasir Mas, Kota Baru, Bachok, Pasir Puteh, Machang, Tanah Merah, Jeli and Lojing (Kelantan).

It further stated that areas facing bad weather in Sabah were Ranau, Tuaran, Kota Kinabalu, Penampang, Kota Marudu, Pitas, Kudat, Tongod, Kinabatangan, Sandakan, Lahad Datu and Tawau.

In Kuala Lumpur, several parts of the city along the Klang river were flooded when the river overflowed its banks.

Selangor Fire and Rescue department deputy director Mohd Sani Harul said among the affected areas were Km11.2 Jalan Hulu Kelang dan Kampung Sungai Pusu Ampang.

While there were not immediate evacuations reported, authorities were leaving nothing to chance after road cave ins were reported in Taman Mulia Jaya, Ampang.