Flash Floods in Kuala Lumpur
Flash floods in Kuala Lumpur has led major roadways to have been flooded, and four rivers have reached dangerous levels. This is caused by the continuous downpour since Friday, December 17th. More than 30,000 people have been evacuated from their homes while battling one of the worst floodings in years.
Flash Floods in Kuala Lumpur: Affected Areas
Non-stop rains have caused rivers to overflow since Friday, flooding numerous metropolitan areas and blocking off important routes, stranding thousands of motorists.
The flooded areas included Jalan Raja Laut, Dataran Merdeka, Jalan Sultan Azlan, and Jalan Ampang, according to photos supplied by the Kuala Lumpur Command and Control Centre (KLCCC). The photos also showed automobiles stuck by rising floodwaters and unable to escape as the water level rose to knee-high. Not just that, it was also reported that part of Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim heading towards Istana Negara is sinking.
Malaysian Emergency Services Take Charge
Following the flash floods in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian emergency services, aided by citizen volunteers, have rescued a total of 21,000 people who are displaced by flooding caused by the severe rain in seven states, according to the officials and volunteers.
Also, more than 66,000 police, army, and fire department personnel were also dispatched to assist those rescued from stranded vehicles or flooded streets outside their homes.
Landslides Reported After Floods
20 December 2021 – Several roads in the capital city which were affected by floods were still closed, while 21 incidents of landslides were reported yesterday. Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), in a statement, said the closed roads are Jalan Rahmat near World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur (WTCKL), roads in Kampung Seri Delima, Jinjang Selatan and Lorong Jambu Laut, Kampung Batu Delima.
DBKL also identified 21 locations of landslides, including Jalan Kelantan in Bukit Persekutuan, Jalan Bukit Ledang in Damansara, Jalan Pantai Permai in Pantai Hillpark, Lorong Burhanuddin Helmi 4 in Taman Tun Dr Ismail and Jalan Segambut in Segambut Tengah. DBKL also said 1,275 personnel from various agencies including the Drainage and Irrigation Department, Health Department, Malaysia Civil Defence Force, and Fire and Rescue Department had been deployed to help in rescue and cleaning operations.
Flash Floods in Kuala Lumpur: Safety First
Based on Cik Min’s observation, several locations that had never been swamped by floods before were likewise paralysed by the constant rain for the past few days. Therefore, Cik Min really wishes that all Malaysians, especially those in the Kuala Lumpur area can put your own safety and that of your family first! If you have the opportunity to save any important documents, it is also highly recommended. However, keep in mind, lives come first!
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