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Wednesday October 30, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Wednesday October 30, 2013 MYT 7:51:20 AM
by shalini ravindran
Water rising: Residents wading through water to move their vehicles to higher ground at Tiara Duta condominium following a downpour on Sunday.
RESIDENTS of several neighbourhoods in Ampang Jaya blame the inadequate drainage system for the severe flooding that has occurred several times over the past week.
The worst-hit areas include Taman Putra Sulaiman, Taman Dagang Avenue and Taman Nirwana Fasa 2.
In some areas, it was reported that water had risen to more than two feet in less than an hour.
Taman Nirwana Phase 2 Residents’ Association adviser M. Thomas said the current drainage system could not support the growing number of neighbourhoods.
“Over the past few years, new neighbourhoods have come up but little attention has been given to upgrading the drainage system.
“For example, a monsoon drain meant for three neighbourhoods, now has to support up to six.
“So, whenever there is a downpour, these drains overflow and our homes are flooded,” he said.
In Taman Putra Sulaiman, Tiara Duta condominium resident Lina Yip, 43, lamented that each time there was rain, residents had to move their vehicles to higher ground.
“This is the first time we are facing such a problem and I have been living here for 16 years.
“About 10 cars were badly affected,” Yip said.
She thinks the floods could be due to drainage work undertaken by the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) behind the condominium.
“Debris from the construction could have clogged the drains, resulting in the monsoon drain nearby to overflow.
“I saw MPAJ contractors cleaning the drain after a downpour on Oct 22 but it has not solved the problem,” Yip added.
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