KUALA LUMPUR : The continuous downpour since Friday has affected several areas in the capital including the city centre and major roads, with residential areas in Selangor being cut off due to the rising waters. Road users on major highways like the Federal, PLUS and KESAS highways were also left stranded for many hours, some only able to return home early this morning.
For the Kuala Lumpur areas, based on several photos shared by the Kuala Lumpur Command and Control Centre (KLCCC), previously known as The Integrated Transportation Information System (ITIS) of the Kuala Lumpur City Hall, the flooded areas included Jalan Raja Laut, Dataran Merdeka, Jalan Sultan Azlan and Jalan Ampang.
The photos also showed situations where vehicles were trapped by the rising floodwaters and unable to move as the water level reached knee-high. Masjid Jamek, which lies on the confluence of the Gombak and Klang Rivers and was ground zero for the birth of KL city, was said to be island-off due to the rising waters.
It was also reported that part of Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim heading towards Istana Negara is sinking.
The King, setting aside his safety risk, went down to the ground to check on the flood situation in the national capital last night.
In pictures shared by Istana Negara on its official Facebook page, Malaysia’s 16th King, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, could be seen knee-deep in flood waters at the exit to the World Trade Centre here even as rains continued to fall after midnight and personnel from the Fire and Rescue Department could be seen aiding stranded motorists and other road users.
Meanwhile, Environment and Water Minister, Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man in a tweet also informed that four main rivers have crossed the danger level namely Sungai Batu in Sentul, Sungai Klang in Tun Perak, Sungai Gombak in Jalan Tun Razak and Sungai Kerayong near Razak Mansion.
He also said any complaints related to floods can be made through the Flood Operations Room of the Kuala Lumpur Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) at 03-22028142 or through its Public Complaints Management System (SISPAA).
Meanwhile, Prasarana through a tweet announced the closure of Masjid Jamek Light Rail Transit (LRT) station until further notice, because of the worsening flood situation.
“All trains will not stop at the Masjid Jamek Station. Passengers are advised to take alternative transport. We apologise for the inconvenience caused,” read the statement. – New Malaysia Herald