KUALA LUMPUR, 7 March 2022: Flash floods swept over various regions of the Klang Valley this afternoon, following persistent rain since 3 p.m., the mainstream media reported.
The National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) verified the occurrence, and the region surrounding the Dang Wangi Police Station was reported to be flooded. The affected areas were Jalan Sultan Ismail/Jalan Ampang, Jalan Leboh Ampang, Jalan Raja Laut, and Jalan Kia Peng/Jalan Raja Chulan.
According to NADMA’s Facebook page, the river surpassed the warning level in Sentul-Sungai Batu, Sulaiman Bridge-Sungai Klang, Lebuh Pasar-Sungai Klang, and Jalan Parlimen-Sungai Gombak, while exceeding the danger level in Jalan Tun Razak-Sungai Gombak.
“At 1.35 pm this afternoon, the Malaysian Meteorological Department (METMalaysia) issued a thunderstorm warning for Selangor, including Kuala Selangor, Hulu Selangor, Klang, Gombak, Petaling, Kuala Langat, Hulu Langat, and Sepang.”
“Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya are also affected until 5 p.m., and so are Negeri Sembilan (Jelebu, Seremban, Port Dickson, Kuala Pilah, Rembau) and Melaka (Alor Gajah). “At 2.50 p.m. and 4 p.m., we renew our warnings,” according to NADMA.
NADMA advises the public to constantly exercise care, be aware of the surrounding environment, and focus on personal safety during floods.
Meanwhile, according to a tweet from Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s (DBKL) Traffic Info, flash floods also struck six districts, including the Tabung Haji Tunnel, the Chan Sow Lin Tunnel Jalan Pudu, Jalan Sri Permaisuri, Jalan Tun Razak, and Jalan Pahang.
Other sites affected by flash floods include the direction of Kg. Pandan roundabout towards Jalan Sultan Ismail; the road is accessible, but cars move slowly due to stagnant water beneath the Jalan Tun Razak tunnel.
According to DBKL, stagnant water beneath the Cheras Circle tunnel leading to Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Hospital (HUKM) in both directions, Jalan Kia Peng, Jalan Raja Chulan, and Jalan Raja Laut behind the MARA building, and Jalan di Masjid Al-Syyakirin KlCC were also ascended to the surface.
Jalan Genting Klang has been rerouted to the Pahang roundabout. The tunnel beneath the Pahang roundabout has been flooded, the Hishamuddin roundabout has been blocked, Jalan Kuching has been elevated to the Segambut roundabout, and Jalan Parlimen has been elevated to the Datuk On the roundabout.
ITIS DBKL has informed that the SMART Tunnel has been shut down in preparation for flood operations.
Meanwhile, several highways have been blocked due to flash floods that struck the majority of the capital, resulting in continuing congestion on main thoroughfares.
According to ITIS DBKL, congestion occurred between Bandar Tasik Selatan and Desa Tun Razak, between Ampang and Ukay Perdana; and between Ukay Perdana and Ampang for users of the Middle Ring Road 2. (MRR2).
Additionally, traffic movement is poor between Petronas/Shell TPM and the Sungai Besi Toll Road, which connects to the Kuala Lumpur-Seremban Highway.***
Source: Berita Harian Online