RESIDENTS in several coastal areas are on full alert to face the north-east monsoon season which starts today.
High tides measuring up to 5.4m are expected in Port Klang between 4am to 8pm and will last until Oct 28.
“We have been through this four times before so we know what to do,” said Sungai Merab village head Aris Said.
He added that the Sungai Merab community hall is ready to house about 20 to 25 families.
Villagers have been briefed on what to expect and are ready to evacuate their homes when told to do so.
“Usually we will wait for a warning signal and seek shelter at the hall,” he said.
The hall will be equipped with toilet and shower facilities, food, drinks, tents and blankets provided by the Dengkil state constituency office.
Meanwhile, Parit 6 Sekinchan village head Rojikin Sabini said that the Seri Sekinchan community hall is ready to house flood victims.
“We have alerted families living in about 60 to 70 houses located beside the beach,” he said.
Rojikin added that usually the fire and rescue department will be on standby there while other village heads will monitor the situation once it starts raining.
“We have various markers so when the water reaches a certain level, we will issue a warning and assist those affected to move into the hall,” he said.
Rojikin added that most residents would place their bigger items on a higher spot at home and bring essential items with them to the hall.
“Things such as food and water will be provided by the district office,” he said.
Sekinchan assemblyman Ng Suee Lim said that he will mobilise his team to assist possible victims.
“I have coordinated with all the village heads, the welfare department, councillors and disaster management teams to work together as one and be on standby,” he said.
Nine districts in Selangor are listed as flood-prone areas by the Malaysian Meteorological Department.
They are Petaling, Hulu Langat, Sabak Bernam, Gombak, Klang, Sepang, Kuala Langat, Kuala Selangor and Hulu Selangor.
Selangor Disaster Management Unit has already instructed all district disaster management committees to prepare for searc-and-rescue operations, ensure daily necessities are sufficient and to get transfer centres ready.
The Drainage and Irrigation Department has provided a list of flood-prone areas.
“We have also alerted the police, fire department, local authorities and the welfare department to be prepared.
“Transfer centres statewide have also been checked to ensure they are in good condition and daily necessities are prepared,” said a state government spokesman.
Disaster operations rooms and the local government in every district are also required to communicate with the Smart Selangor Command Centre (SSCC) and National Disaster Command Centre (NDCC) at all times.
The SSCC can be reached at 03-5035 0920 / 03-5035 0921 while the NDCC number is 03-8064 2400.