Probe into cause of Ampang flash floods

Amirudin (second from right) during a site visit to Kampung Lembah Jaya Utara after flash floods hit the village in Ampang.

ACTION can be taken against the developer of a highway construction project if it is found to have contributed to the recent flash floods in Kampung Lembah Jaya Utara, says Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari.

He said based on a report by the Irrigation and Drainage Department (DID), while the high volume of rainwater on the night of the incident had caused the overflow in Sungai Ampang, the mud came from surrounding developments.

Amirudin ordered Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) to look into the matter.

“If the developer is found to have violated any of the conditions set, compounds or stop-work orders can be issued until proper mitigation measures are in place,” he said after a site visit on Saturday, adding that there was a need to increase the capacity of Sungai Ampang so there will not be a recurrence.

After a briefing by Hulu Langat DID, Amirudin said Sungai Ampang could hold a maximum capacity of 80mm of rainwater per hour, while the rainfall readings obtained at Bukit Antarabangsa and Puncak Athenaeum showed rainfall density readings of more than 100mm.

Some 260 families of Kampung Lembah Jaya Utara, Kampung Lembah Jaya Selatan and Kampung Melayu Ampang were affected during the flash floods on Nov 22.

Amirudin said clean up efforts were ongoing with volunteers from other local councils and government agencies offering help.

He said KDEB Waste Management Sdn Bhd had hauled away about 200 tonnes of debris over the past several days.

Mohd Khairuddin (right) enquiring about the welfare of a flood victim. With him is Daing Reduan.Mohd Khairuddin (right) enquiring about the welfare of a flood victim. With him is Daing Reduan.

During his visit, Amirudin handed out RM1,000 to each family, while necessities like mattresses and gas stoves were contributed by Mentri Besar Selangor Inc (MBI).

Meanwhile, MPAJ said they had instructed the highway developer to improve its flood prevention measures following the incident, including erosion and sediment control plans.

The developer is also urged to deepen Sungai Ampang and carry out desilting at several spots of the river, MPAJ said in a statement.

Meanwhile, 300 youth volunteers under Selangor Volunteer (SERVE) have been mobilised to assist with the cleanups of affected homes in Lembah Jaya Utara that were badly hit by the flood.

“The SERVE volunteers have been working non-stop since Monday night to help with the cleanup. Some came from as far as Sabak Bernam,” said Selangor human capital development, sports and youth generation development committee chairman Mohd Khairuddin Othman.

He said their goal now was to help families still stuck at temporary relief centres to return home.

“At least 16 out of 240 affected families are still staying at temporary relief centres, so we hope the assistance provided by SERVE volunteers will speed up the cleanup process.”

Mohd Khairuddin also assured the public that SERVE was a structured organisation under the Selangor government and that it worked closely with the state’s Disaster Management Unit.

SERVE was launched during the third quarter this year, with the aim of helping local communities and the state government in times of crisis or disaster. Its programmes are coordinated by Penggerak Belia Selangor (PeBS).

“Many youths are interested in volunteer work, and I hope PeBS will promote SERVE at all state constituencies in Selangor and recruit more volunteers.

“We are targeting to recruit 1,000 volunteers this year, and should have more than 3,000 next year,” said Mohd Khairuddin during a visit last week with Selangor State Sports Council (Selangor MSN) representatives to families who are temporarily housed at Dewan MPAJ Pinggiran 3.

He said Selangor MSN contributed 300 packs of comforters to provide some relief to these families and they would also help with pillows and blankets.

“I was told that 240 homes and 1,158 people were affected by Monday’s flood,” he said.

Mohd Khairuddin was accompanied by Selangor MSN executive director Mohamad Nizam Marjugi and Lembah Jaya state constituency coordinator Daing Muhammad Reduan Bachok.

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