Meru residents dread heavy rain

Mohammad Daud standing at the confluence of two monsoon drains at Jalan Teratai, where backflow leads to flash floods in Meru, Klang. — Photos: FAIHAN GHANI/The Star

HAVING to wade through knee-deep water every time there is heavy rain has become all too common for residents of eight areas in Meru, Klang.

Often, a 30-minute downpour will leave many of the houses in these areas flooded, with the last incident occurring on Sept 17.

The areas are Taman Daya Meru, Taman Daya Maju (Jalan Beruas and Jalan Abadi), Taman Bayu, Taman Meru Utama A, Taman Meru Utama Daya B, Taman Meru Utama C and Kampung Meru Jalan Chempaka.

Each time she hears thunder, Shiesylia Singal, 39, becomes anxious as her terrace house in Jalan Abadi 5, Taman Daya Meru, gets flooded and the water takes an estimated 12 to 14 hours to recede.

“When I moved into this neighbourhood in 2007 there were no flash floods, it only started happening in March 2010.

Taman Daya Meru residents say after a 30-minute downpour, their compounds and houses will be inundated.Taman Daya Meru residents say after a 30-minute downpour, their compounds and houses will be inundated.

“Our furniture has been damaged a number of times and we gave up on getting new ones.

“The situation becomes worse during the monsoon season,” she told StarMetro.Despite building a 0.45m wall at the front of her house, water still enters.

Manja Mansor, 35, from the same neighbourhood, said that residents were fed up as it has been flooding there for years.

He said Klang Municipal Council’s (MPK) Engineering Department made several site visits in 2012 but nothing materialised.

“We feel MPK is not concerned about our plight. It is a nightmare as we do not have the financial resources to move out of this area,” said Manja.

McPherson Francis, 28, who lives at Jalan Abadi 6 in Taman Daya Meru, said the monsoon drain across the house parallel to Jalan Abadi 10E/KU8 was unable to accommodate the high volume of water.

“Once water overflows from the monsoon drain, it enters residential drains.

“It reaches knee-height and takes at least 12 hours to recede,” he said.

Shiesylia mopping the kitchen floor in her home after the latest flash flood.Shiesylia mopping the kitchen floor in her home after the latest flash flood.

Taman Meru Utama A resident Maheswaran Kanniah, 52, said three mechanical pumps were installed 10 months ago at Jalan Sesenduk to pump floodwaters out from the neighbourhood into a monsoon drain along the main road of Jalan Teratai.

He said a private firm paid for the pumps under its corporate social responsibility initiative.

“We hope MPK will provide us with a permanent solution as we cannot put up with this situation any longer,” he said.

Kampung Meru Jalan Chempaka resident M. Azhar, who is in his 50s, urged MPK to visit the eight areas plagued by flash floods and resolve the matter for the people’s well-being.

“It is time MPK finds a solution and not make us suffer.

“MPK should not be focused on gaining city status especially if issues like this are not resolved,” added Azhar.

Taman Daya Meru Residents Assocaion chairperson Mohammad Daud Saidin, 65, said out of the 800 houses in the eight areas, some 300 were hit by flash floods.

“If it rains heavily, especially at night, people have to stay awake until the rain stops,” he said, highlighting that it sometimes lasted overnight.

He said the flash flood were due to water backflow at the confluence of two monsoon drains outside Pahang Pharmacy at Jalan Teratai, Pekan Meru.

“Engineers need to find a way to direct the water flow from the monsoon drains until it empties out into Sungai Kapar Kecil, a few kilometres away,” he added.

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