Flooding forces evacuations in Selangor, Kedah

Flooding in Port Klang yesterday. Waves as high as 2.7m and strong winds contributed to the problem, according to an official.
Flooding in Port Klang yesterday. Waves as high as 2.7m and strong winds contributed to the problem, according to an official.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

SHAH ALAM • Floods in Malaysia triggered by a high tide forced the evacuation of 224 people from 52 families to three relief centres in Selangor overnight on Monday.

In Kedah, 132 people from 30 families had to be moved to flood evacuation centres because of similar floods caused by the high tide, the Bernama news agency reported.

The evacuees in Selangor were from Kampung Sungai Air Tawar and Sabak Bernam (57 residents), Kampung Tok Muda, Kapar and Klang (152) and Kampung Tok Adam and Tanjong Karang (15), said Selangor Fire and Rescue Department assistant director (operations) Mohd Sani Harul.

The relief centres were opened at the Kampung Tok Muda hall, Lorong Hamzah 2 community hall in Kampung Tok Adam, and Sungai Air Tawar community hall.

"Several other areas in the Klang, Kuala Selangor and Sabak Bernam districts were also affected by floods but no one was evacuated (from those areas)," Mr Mohd Sani said in a statement yesterday.

 
 

The other areas affected by the high tide on Monday night were Kampung Sungai Pinang, Pulau Indah, Jalan Klang, Banting, Pandamaran, Taman Selat Damai and Port Klang in the Klang district; Bagan Pasir Penambang town in the Kuala Selangor district; and Tebuk Mendeleng and Sungai Lang in the Sabak Bernam district, he said.

Meanwhile, in Kedah, three flood evacuation centres were reopened in Kuala Muda district yesterday morning following further flooding, reported Bernama.

The centres were opened at Dewan Kampung Paya (which is sheltering 85 people from 17 families), Surau Kampung Sungai Yu (39 people from 10 families) and Sekolah Kebangsaan Seri Kuala (eight people from three families).

Kuala Muda's Disaster Management Committee Secretariat officer Azahar Ahmad told Bernama: "The flood waters started rising around 3am and the victims were evacuated when the water level reached 1m."

He said waves as high as 2.7m and strong winds contributed to the floods. However, the waves were smaller than the 2.9m-high ones seen on Sunday.

On Sunday, 432 people from 113 families had to be sheltered at the three centres in Kedah because of similar floods, before the centres were closed at 5pm on Monday once the situation normalised.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 21, 2016, with the headline 'Flooding forces evacuations in Selangor, Kedah'. Print Edition | Subscribe