Selangor counting losses in worst flood in years

Eight deaths have been reported due to the floods with 32,044 ood victims accommodated at 162 temporary relief centres

by HUSSEIN SHAHARUDDIN & MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

THE massive flood in Selangor has displaced thousands of lives, with areas like Shah Alam, Klang and Hulu Langat emerging among the worst hit.

Selangor police chief Datuk Arjunaidi Mohamed confirmed that eight deaths have been reported due to the floods (at press time).

As of yesterday, a total of 32,044 flood victims were accommodated at 162 temporary relief centres in nine districts in Selangor, with the Klang district registering the highest number of victims at 18,858 people.

A resident in Nanding, Hulu Langat, who prefers to be known as Shiema Idris, said this is the third time that she has had to face such a massive flood in recent years.

“But by far, this is the worst. Some of the areas are still cut off from electricity and clean water supply,” she said. “I had planned to relocate before the flood because lately, the water is rising fast every time it rains.”

Checks by The Malaysian Reserve showed that almost all of the houses in the areas were partially damaged, while about 10 were completely destroyed.

In Taman Sri Muda, Shah Alam, more help by the authorities and non-governmental bodies were coming through as

the water seemed to recede slightly in the afternoon. Some residents remained stranded on their roofs and in their houses, waiting for food to be distributed or to be evacuated from the area.

Prime Minister (PM) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said he has instructed the Ministry of Environment and Water — through the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) — to immediately move 20 mobile pump assets to the affected areas.

This is aimed to pump water from areas experiencing stagnant flooding to a nearby river.

“Additional pumps obtained from various agencies including those owned by Selangor DID will be used to drain stagnant water into the Klang River,” he said in a statement yesterday.

“In the meantime, I also agree with the suggestion that some parts of the river fort were (to be) broken or perforated to drain the stagnant water immediately out into the river,” the PM said, adding that the location of the perforations are being finalised.

Owner of D’ Impiana House of Cookies Shiema Idris (left) from Sungai Serai, Hulu Langat, cleaning up after the flood

Rescuers came from as far as Parit Buntar and beyond to help victims of one of the worst floods to hit the country

Displaced ood victims seen at one of 162 temporary relief centres set up in Selangor

Some residents remain stranded on their roofs and in their houses, waiting for food to be distributed or to be evacuated

As the water recedes, flood victims flock to their houses to salvage whatever possible of their belongings