Villagers cut off by collapsed bridge


Kampung Sri Tanjung villagers walking through knee-high mud after the floods. — GLENN GUAN/The Star

VILLAGERS in Kampung Sri Tanjung, Dengkil, are facing a double whammy.

Not only have they been displaced as a result of the devastating floods, they are unable to enter Dengkil town as the bridge across Sungai Langat had collapsed.

StarMetro was in the area yesterday as the media was informed that a state executive councillor would be visiting an Orang Asli village in the vicinity.

However, the event could not take place as Kampung Sungai Melut Orang Asli village was still inundated.

Major parts of the village were inaccessible because of the knee-high mud left by the recent major floods.

A local portal reported that the bridge over Sungai Langat had collapsed due to soil erosion on Dec 15.

Contractors appointed by the Public Works Department could be seen carrying out repair works on the bridge with tarpaulin covering the collapsed parts.

The bridge provided access to Bangi, Cyberjaya and Putrajaya.

One of the villagers, Mohd Alfaze Mohd Yunus, 39, who is a Rela volunteer, said because of the bridge’s collapse, they had to use the Putrajaya highway which is an 8km journey to Dengkil town.

“There is only a mini market and an eatery within walking distance here.

“We have been displaced since Saturday as our homes are still inundated.

“We have had to move from one flood evacuation centre to another. We don’t understand why the government agencies are not helping us.

“Only volunteers and NGOs came by to give us food and water,” he said.

Mohd Alfaze was seen sitting by the roadside with his brother, self-employed Shafry Mohd Yunus, 51, whose house was also submerged by water.

Shafry said about 20 houses in the area was flooded last weekend.

“No one in authority has come to check on our situation. Who do we ask for help?

“Even the bulldozer that is here to clear the mud was hired privately,” he said.

Other villages affected nearby included Kampung Melayu, Kampung Sri Tanjung and Kampung Sungai Melut.

Meanwhile, Sepang Drainage and Irrigation Department personnel were spotted at the Sungai Semarang sluice gate pumping out water from the tributary in the village into Sungai Langat.

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