On the watch for tidal floods


On the lookout for danger: Klang Fire and Rescue Department will monitor Selangor’s coastal areas that may be prone to flooding due to high tides and thunderstorms from early October. — Courtesy photo

COASTAL areas in Selangor have been put on alert as high tides of up to 5.6m are expected to occur on Oct 7, with the possibility of flash floods if downpours take place.

The high-tide phenomenon is expected to last until Dec 6.

According to Malaysian Meteorological Department, scattered thunderstorms are also forecasted in Selangor, with strong winds predicted to lash the coastal areas.

Klang Municipal Council Enforcement CCTV unit officers Mohd Yazid Ahmad (seated) and Azman A. Hamid monitoring the town through surveillance cameras. — Photos: EDWARD RAJENDRA/The StarKlang Municipal Council Enforcement CCTV unit officers Mohd Yazid Ahmad (seated) and Azman A. Hamid monitoring the town through surveillance cameras. — Photos: EDWARD RAJENDRA/The Star

The region will experience the monsoon transition phase until early November and people have been warned to keep away from seasides and rivers.

Fishermen have also been advised not to venture to sea as the waters will be choppy.Selangor district officers have been notified to draw up a disaster plan in preparation for floods that could occur.

Pay heed to broadcasts

Five areas are expected to be affected, according to the authorities.

In preparation for what is labelled as “high-level disaster”, the state government issued an advisory to those living in Klang, Kuala Langat, Sepang, Kuala Selangor and Sabak Bernam which urged residents along the coast to pay heed to the authorities’ broadcasts to relocate to designated relief centres when needed.

Klang district officer Mohd Zainal Mohd Nor said the National Hydrographic Centre in Port Klang reported that out of the nine days of high tide forecast, five days were predicted to be at the highest level.

Mohd Zainal will head Klang District Disaster Management Taskforce if relief work is required.Mohd Zainal will head Klang District Disaster Management Taskforce if relief work is required.

“On Oct 7, 8 and 9, the tide will hit 5.6m.

“On Nov 5 and 6, it will touch 5.6m and the following day, it will be 5.5m.

“Meanwhile on Dec 4 and 5, the tide will be at 5.4m and on Dec 6, it will drop to 5.3m.

“If heavy rain and strong winds take place, the risks of a flood occurring will increase,” he said.

Razif says all fire stations are on high alert and ready for rescue work in case of flash floods.Razif says all fire stations are on high alert and ready for rescue work in case of flash floods.

Mohd Zainal reminded those living near rivers and coastal areas to be vigilant, especially if it rained continuously.

“The centre predicts that the levels of the high tide will not breach the bunds.

“If water does overflow the bunds, it will flow into the scupper drains,” he added.

Emergency task force in ready mode

In the event of a crisis, Mohd Zainal will head the Klang District Disaster Management task force.

Areas particularly vulnerable to floods due to the tidal waves in Klang are Taman Daya Meru, Jalan Teratai Meru, Jalan Keledang Meru, Pengkalan Tok Muda, Bund Sementa, Bund Sungai Keramat, 5th Mile of Jalan Kapar, Jalan Pandamaran, Taman Selat Damai in Pendamar, Kampung Perepat-Fishermen’s Jetty, Northport in Port Klang, Pulau Ketam and Telok Gong.

Klang Municipal Council (MPK) Enforcement Department acting director Shahrul Hazri Abd Majid said the council’s Swift Action Task Force (Pantas) would be on alert and respond if flash floods occurred due to high tide.

Razif (foreground) checking the communication radio aboard the amphibious inflatable boat. Razif (foreground) checking the communication radio aboard the amphibious inflatable boat.

Pantas is the team that handles emergencies and disasters at the local council level.

“Our task force of 44 men in four teams will be on standby around the clock to monitor the situation.

“We are prepared for any eventualities.

“The staff at MPK’s closed-circuit television camera unit who monitors traffic will also look out for flash floods,” said Shahrul.

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The areas expected to be affected are Pantai Kelanang and Persisir Pantai Tanjung Sepatin Kuala Langat as well as Persisir Pantai Bagan Lalang in Sepang.

The sites to be monitored in Sabak Bernam are Tebuk Mendeling, Sungai Ayer Tawar and Sungai Panjang while in Kuala Selangor, the areas are Tanjung Karang, Kampung Kuantan, Pantai Remis and Pekan Sungai Buloh.

Port Klang Fire and Rescue Station chief Razif Mohmad Haris said all stations in the district were on high alert and being prepared to handle any possible disasters.

He noted that the bunds constructed along Jalan Tepi Sungai, Klang and Kampung Tok Muda Mile 5, Jalan Kapar should be able to hold back the water.

Klang Fire and Rescue Department’s equipment for relief work are on standby, including boats and life jackets. — Courtesy photoKlang Fire and Rescue Department’s equipment for relief work are on standby, including boats and life jackets. — Courtesy photo

Klang District Fire and Rescue Department has three stations — in Jalan Tengku Kelana, Taman Sri Andalas and Sungai Pinang in Jalan Kapar.

Razif said the areas would be monitored for possible flooding a day earlier.

“The fire stations are equipped with aluminium boats and life jackets.”

All equipment needed for relief work are on standby, including boats and life jackets, he reiterated.

The Port Klang Fire and Rescue Department has 66 men, and an amphibious rescue inflatable boat with retractable wheels and an outboard motor that can be operated on land and water.

In the event of an emergency, the Klang District Civil Defence, Klang district police headquarters, MPK and district office will spring into action.

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