Real-time images for flood alerts

Klang Fire and Rescue Department firemen keep a watch out at Batu 5, Kapar as tide waters rose during a recent high tide phenomena.

KLANG, Kuala Langat, Sepang, Kuala Selangor and Sabak Bernam residents should be vigilant for another round of flash floods as their areas are expected to be affected by the high tide phenomenon on Nov 5, 6 and 7, with a higher risk if it coincides with heavy rain.

Klang District Fire and Rescue Department zone chief Hussin Ab Rahman said the National Hydrographic Centre in Port Klang forecasted high tide at 5.6m on Nov 5 at 6.02am and on Nov 6 at 6.40am, while on Nov 7, the tide will reach 5.5m at 7.18am.

“Stations in the district are prepared for any eventualities during high tide.

“We have the manpower to tackle the possibility of flash floods expected in vulnerable areas,” he added.

Hussin said all equipment needed for relief work were on standby, including boats and life jackets, while the Port Klang Fire and Rescue Station also had an amphibious boat that could be operated on land and water.

Klang district officer Mohd Zainal Mohd Nor said people living near rivers and coastal areas have been advised to be vigilant, especially during heavy rain.

“Based on the forecast, the level of the high tide should not breach the bunds,” he added.

Klang Municipal Council (MPK) president Ahmad Fadzli Ahmad Tajuddin said close-circuit television (CCTV) cameras used for traffic management in Klang would double up as an early warning tool to detect rising water levels in low areas during the high tide phenomena.

“Out of the 76 camera locations, we have five cameras in low-lying areas or flooding hotspots,” he added.

“Our enforcement CCTV Unit staff will have real-time images from cameras at sites across Tanjung Harapan, Pulau Ketam jetty at Jalan Syahbandar (Jalan Foreshore), Jalan Jambatan Connnaught, Jalan Tepi Sungai and Menara MPK,” said Ahmad Fadzli, adding that the council’s CCTV Unit staff would have dual tasks.

“Our enforcement staff will keep an eye out for traffic and monitor the occurrence of flash floods, if any,” he added.

Ahmad Fadzli was glad that the CCTV Unit decided to turn a passive monitoring camera into a visual sensor that maximised the potential of the equipment.

Areas particularly vulnerable to the high tide phenomenon in Klang are Taman Melawis, Kampung Delek, Sungai Udang, Pengkalan Tok Muda, Batu 4 at Jalan Kapar, Bund Sementa, Pelabuhan Klang, Jalan Pandamaran Banting and Taman Selat Damai in Pendamar, Port Klang.

For Kuala Langat, the areas are Pantai Kelanang and Persisir Pantai Tanjung Sepat while in Sepang, Persisir Pantai Bagan Lalang is vulnerable to the high tide phenomenon.

In Sabak Bernam, the areas 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.

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