Watchful eye on the coast


  • Metro News
  • Saturday, 31 Aug 2019

Meteorological Department forecasts tides of up to 5.7m in September and October. — Filepic

COASTAL areas in Selangor are on alert as high tides of up to 5.7m are forecasted for September and October.

The Smart Selangor Command Centre (SSCC) expects downpours with strong winds along with rough seas to hit coastal areas in five districts.

In a statement, SSCC said the high tide phenomenon was expected to occur on specific dates, namely this Sunday and Monday, and Sept 29 and 30 as well as Oct 1,2, and Oct 27 until 30.

Districts which could be affected by the high tide phenomenon are Klang, Kuala Langat, Sepang, Kuala Selangor and Sabak Bernam.

The Smart Selangor Command Centre expects downpours with strong winds along with rough seas to hit coastal areas in five districts. — FilepicThe Smart Selangor Command Centre expects downpours with strong winds along with rough seas to hit coastal areas in five districts. — Filepic

The National Hydrographic Centre in Port Klang forecasts 5.5m-high tides on Sunday and Monday at 7.23am and 8.02am respectively.

On Sept 29, the tides are forecast to reach 5.6m at 6.20am, while on Sept 30 and Oct 1 the tides are forecast at 5.7m at 7am and 7.36am respectively.

“In the event of heavy rainfall and strong wind conditions, there is a higher risk of flooding.

“Residents in high-risk areas are advised to comply with the directives of the authorities and security agencies from time to time, ” the statement said.

About 49 areas could be at risk of flooding during the high tide phenomenon.

In anticipation of any flooding, 21 relief centres will be opened if necessary.

Parit 6 Sekinchan village head Rojikin Sabini advised residents to look out for any signs of possible flooding in the area.

“If there are strong winds, we have to be extra cautious as the water overflow can cause a flood.

“We have alerted the families living by the beach through our WhatsApp groups.

“If needed, we will have community halls that they can be evacuated to, ” he said when contacted.

Rojikin added that the Fire and Rescue Department will be on standby while village heads will monitor the situation once it starts raining.

Sekinchan assemblyman Ng Suee Lim said he would 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.

He added that residents could request for help through their village heads or district offices.

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