Jinjang Selatan residents in Kuala Lumpur want their drainage upgraded as the current water dispersal system at the area failed to channel out rainwater effectively, resulting in flash floods.
The problem has been plaguing the residents for more tham 15 years and residents can only helplessly watch water levels rise and enter their homes.
“I am always on standby whenever it rains heavily as water would flow into the house.
“My mattress was drenched once and after that, I had to move the furniture to higher ground, ” said Ng Fatt Thai, a 52-year-old resident who has been living along Jalan Jambu Arang 2 since he was born.
“The furniture was damaged and it caused much inconvenience to my elderly parents, ” he added.
Federal Territories Residents Representative Council (MPPWP) Zone 3 chairman Michael Koid said Kuala Lumpur City Hall should act swiftly as the clogged drains failed to channel rainwater out of the area.
“Several houses here are affected and every time it rains, we have to come out of the house to monitor the situation, ” he said.
Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng, who visited the area at the junction of Jalan Jambu Arang 2 and Jalan Jambu Air Laut with representatives from DBKL and Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation (SWCorp), said the drains had not been upgraded for the past two decades.
“This is the main junction of Jinjang Selatan as there are many residential units, coffeeshops and commercial activities here.
“We have been complaining to SWCorp and DBKL since 2015 but no substantial action has been taken to upgrade or revamp the drainage, ” he said at the press conference at the site.
At the site, the drains were found clogged with sediment, and stagnant water was spotted in the drain.
“I want DBKL to look into it seriously and redesign the drainage, ” Lim added.
A representative from SWCorp who was present, said the structure of the drain was damaged by the tree roots.
“It hampered the effective flow of the water.
“Sometimes the rubbish gets caught in the tree roots making the drain more narrow, ” he said, adding that the drains were cleaned once a month.
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