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Klang River overflows banks after storm

The flooded bazaar in Jalan Masjid India after the Klang River burst its banks yesterday. — Picture by Fire and Rescue Department
The flooded bazaar in Jalan Masjid India after the Klang River burst its banks yesterday. — Picture by Fire and Rescue Department

KUALA LUMPUR, March 20 — Several areas here were flooded after the Klang River broke its banks following a storm at about 4pm yesterday.

Flood waters rose to 2m in areas surrounding Masjid Jamek and Jalan Tun Perak.

City Fire and Rescue Department operations chief Samsol Maarif Saibani said personnel from the Hang Tuah Fire and Rescue Department were dispatched to Wisma Teck Lee at 6.05pm after water covered its ground floor.

A suction pump was used to remove the water which rose to about 2m.

Samsol said 15 vehicles were trapped in about 1m of water in an underground car park at Bank Muamalat in Jalan Melaka.

A suction pump was also used to remove the excess water from the car park.

Clean-up operations in Lebuh Ampang and Masjid Jamek started as soon as the floods receded at about 7pm.

The area was covered by a thick layer of mud, silt and rubbish.

However, the floods continued to wreak havoc in Taman Sri Rampai, Setapak, on the outskirts of the city.

Flood water measuring about 2m submerged parts of the neighbourhood’s roads and residential gates.

A landslip occurred at the back of residential homes in Bukit Antarabangsa, Ampang.

Selangor Fire and Rescue Department operations officer Muhamad Hissam Sidik said the department received the alert from Riverdale Park at 4pm.

Seven personnel were dispatched to the scene but no structural damage to the houses or casualties was reported.

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