KL flash floods cause traffic chaos

A man scoops water from his car after flash floods hit Kuala Lumpur, causing severe traffic jams and even trapping some people in their vehicles. Officials say they are looking into ways to mitigate the flooding.
A man scoops water from his car after flash floods hit Kuala Lumpur, causing severe traffic jams and even trapping some people in their vehicles. Officials say they are looking into ways to mitigate the flooding.PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

KUALA LUMPUR • Traffic along several major roads was temporarily paralysed on Thursday as heavy rain caused flash floods in the federal capital.

City Fire and Rescue Department assistant director (Operations) Azizan Ismail said the department received distress calls after flash floods hit Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim and Jalan Lingkungan Budi.

He said they also received reports of flash floods along Jalan Bangsar.

Online social networking sites were flooded with pictures and personal accounts of flash flood victims.

A Facebook user going by the name of Han Min Ng posted pictures of cars submerged in floods. He also wrote a post saying: "Oh my god! God help us! We are trapped in the car! How could this happen?"

The floods are not the first to hit the Klang Valley this week. Flooding was reported in Shah Alam on Tuesday.

A Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) official disclosed yesterday it was looking into flood-mitigation measures to resolve the recent spate of flash floods.

DBKL Civil Engineering and Urban Transportation Department officer Roshasnida Mohamed said there were proposals to install a pipe which would connect to a storm drain and help dispersal of flood waters on either Jalan Klang Lama or Jalan Kuchai Lama.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 14, 2016, with the headline 'KL flash floods cause traffic chaos'. Print Edition | Subscribe