KLANGITES have been hit by flash floods more frequently this year than ever before.
Residents in Kapar and Meru have been the most affected in south Klang as parts of Taman Sentosa, Bandar Puteri and Kampung Jawa were frequently hit by flash floods.
Bandar Bukit Rajah, Aman Perdana, Taman Klang Utama, Klang Perdana, Bukit Kapar and several other areas in north Klang have also been regularly hit by floods this year.
In the most recent incident, some 30 families involving 100 residents were evacuated from their homes in Bukit Kapar because of rising waters.
The residents had to stay away from their houses for about 10 days before the floodwater receded.
The frequent flooding in the Meru and Kapar areas put Kapar MP G. Manivannan, Meru assemblyman Dr Abdul Rani Osman and Selangor Health, Welfare, Women and Family Affairs Committee chairman Dr Daroyah Alwi, who is also Sementa assemblyman, under a lot pressure from the residents.
Residents have expressed their unhappiness over the services rendered by the elected representatives.
Last month, residents of Taman Klang Utama who were hit by a flash flood during Deepavali, the third incident they had suffered this year, held a demonstration to express their unhappiness with the Sementa assemblyman over the unsolved problem.
The residents said water rose up to the knees and it took more than two days for the floodwaters to subside.
It was reported that occupants of single-storey houses were badly hit as they were unable to rescue their belongings.
Aman Perdana Residents Association chairman A. Maniam said the two main monsoon drains in the neighbourhood could not cope with the amount of water from the downpour.
As a result, he said, the roads were flooded and traffic was at a standstill.
In another report under the headline “No more flash floods in Klang” on June 27, StarMetro highlighted that a flood mitigation project was under way.
According to the Klang District Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID), the RM11mil flood mitigation project is scheduled to be completed in January next year.
It is expected to offer a permanent solution to the problem.
Meanwhile there seems no end in sight yet to the flood woes in Taman Sentosa, Bandar Puteri and some parts of Kampung Jawa.
Residents in these areas often got stranded in their houses as the main access to their neighbourhoods was prone to being flooded.
They said these areas would face flash floods even if the rain lasted less than an hour.
In recent months, some areas in Bandar Botanic and Bandar Bukit Tinggi had been also hit by flood.
Last month, residents from the Jenaris Precinct at Bandar Botanic had a rare experience when rainwater made its way into their homes.
Residents said the water was knee-high and caused damage to a lot of their belongings.
Klang Municipal Council president Datuk Mohd Yazid Bidin said the council had allocated RM1.6mil for flood mitigation under next year’s budget.
He said most of the allocation would be utilised for widening monsoon drains and he expected the district DID to work on a much bigger budget.
“We expect the situation to improve greatly next year as DID will be completing several of its flood mitigation projects.
“DID will also embark on several new projects which will ease the situation further,” he added.