Ready for any eventualities

Fire and rescue personnel surveying the coast along Port Klang prior to the high tide phenomena expected on Oct 17.

COASTAL areas in Selangor are on alert as authorities have been told to be ready to respond to floods that may occur due to the high tide phenomenon that has sea waves of 5.7m to 5.8m in the forecast from Oct 17 to 19.

Selangor infrastructure and public amenities, agriculture modernisation and agro-based industry committee chairman Izham Hashim said floods were possible if continuous rain coincided with high tide.

“Areas along Selangor’s coast have been put on vigilant mode from Oct 17 when the forecast says tides will reach 5.7m at 6.11am, while on Oct 18, it is expected to hit 5.8m at 7.50am and on the final day, the tide will reach 5.7m at 7.27am,” he said.

Izham added that five districts, namely Klang, Sepang, Kuala Langat, Kuala Selangor and Sabak Bernam, had been identified as high-risk areas for flooding if the phenomenon was accompanied by heavy rain and strong winds.

Port Klang assemblyman Azmizam Zaman Huri advised residents in high-risk areas to always follow the instructions from security authorities in the event of flash floods.

“In Kampung Telok Gong, Port Klang, the Drainage and Irrigation Department strengthened the bund that saw water rising above it in last month’s high tide and some houses were inundated,” he said.

Izham advised residents living close to the seaside and rivers to be vigilant and avoid boating activities, fishing trips and tours along the coastline.

On the high tide phenomenon expected to continue in November, the National Hydrographic Centre forecasts the tides on Nov 15 (at 5.44am) and Nov 16 (6.25am) to reach 5.6m.

“All district-level Fire and Rescue Department units, state Civil Defence Department and the Swift Action Taskforce (Pantas), which is a team that handles emergencies and disasters at local council level, will be on high alert,” he said, adding that the Selangor government had raised the height of rock bunds and strengthened barriers at several locations.

Izham said that while the state government was confident that the bunds or embankments close to the sea and rivers would hold up, the authorities were on alert as certain low-lying areas were at risk of flooding.

He said high-risk areas in Klang, Sabak Bernam, Kuala Selangor, Kuala Langat and Sepang were on the Selangor Disaster Management Unit’s high-risk flood list.

The areas on the list in Klang are Kampung Tok Muda, Kampung Sungai Pinang in Pulau Indah, Pandamaran, Taman Selatan Damai, Port Klang, Kampung Sungai Serdang, Bund Sementa, Bund Sungai Keramat, Kampong Perepat, North Port, Telok Gong and Pulau Ketam.

In Sabak Bernam, the areas are Kampung Sungai Air Tawar, Bagan Sungai Besar, Tebuk Mendeleng, Pantai BNO, Sungai Lang, Pantai Bt. 23, Sungai Nibong, Kampong Sungai Tengar, Parit Baru, Ildas, Politeknik Sultan Idris Shah Sungai Lang, Pantai Bedena, SMA Pasir Panjang-Kampong Pasir Panjang, Bagan Sekinchan, Bagan Sungai Burong (Parit 3 dan 4), Jalan Seri Sentosa and Kampong Sekendi.

High-risk flood areas in Kuala Selangor are Kampong Tok Adam, Bagan Pasir Penambang, Bagan Pasir Tajung Karang, Pantai Remis-Pantai Indah, Sungai Kajang, Kampong Bagan Pasir, Kampong Lembah Pantai, Kampong Bagan Pasir Penambang, Kampong Sungai Semilang, Kampong Sungai Janggut and Bagan Tengkorak.

In Kuala Langat, the areas that will be monitored are Pantai Kelanang, Bund Sijangkang, Istana Pantai Bahagia, Jalan Harmoni, Persisir Pantai Tanjung Sepat, Pantai Batu Laut, Pantai Morib, Bund Kampong Kundang, Pekan Tanjung Sepat and Morib Federal Rest House.

In Sepang, the high risk flood areas are Persisir Pantai Bagan Lalang, Kampong Tanjung Rhu and Kampong Orang Asli Bagan Lalang.

Meanwhile, Fire and Rescue Department Sungai Pinang Station operations chief Bonny Martin Saging Mato said all 37 personnel with the station were on alert to face the high tide.

He said all stations in the district were well-equipped and prepared to handle any calamity.

“Our fire stations are equipped with boats, life jackets and utility vans, and are able to provide relief if flash floods occur,” he said.

Bonny added that based on tide levels forecast, the water levels would be manageable and should not breach the bunds.

Meanwhile, Malaysian Red Crescent Klang District Emergency Respond Disaster chairman S. Thinesvaran said his team of 15 men were on standby to provide counselling therapy, psychological support and also to help in food preparation at evacuation centres if the need arose.

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