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5 men rescued from floods as Klang Valley traffic is brought to a standstill

Published on Oct 10, 2013 11:34 PM
View of the Klang River in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. A heavy downpour on Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 caused the water level to rise swifty, trapping five men. -- ST FILE PHOTO

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Five men were rescued from possibly being washed away by flood waters along the swollen Klang River.

But an hour-long downpour from 4pm caused the water level at the river to rise swiftly and the men had to cling on to the pillars under the bridge.

Fire and Rescue Department operations commander Haikal Jimmy Ngali Abdullah said they were alerted of the situation at about 5.30pm.

“We sent a fire engine and a divers unit to the scene. We saw the five men clinging on to one of the bridge's pillars,” he said.

The divers took about an hour to rescue all five men.

“None of them were injured and initial investigations showed that they were living under the bridge for more than a week. We have handed them over to the police for further action,” he said.

Meanwhile, an hour-long thunderstorm that began at 4pm caused flash floods on Thursday, and brought after-office-hours traffic to a standstill in major roads in the Klang Valley.

The rising waters led to the temporary closure of the extreme right lane of a stretch of the Besraya Highway near Jalan Istana and the left lane of the NPE near Bangsar.

The road near Padang Merbok from the National Monument towards Bank Negara was made impassable due to the floods.

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