More water pumps to be placed to tackle KL floods, says Shahidan

KUALA LUMPUR: Mobile water pumps will be placed at flood hotspots in the capital city to divert excess water to retention ponds.

Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Dr Shahidan Kassim said works to widen and clear waterways would also be done.

He said the city was equipped with underground water pumps, but these did not work properly during recent floods.

“This is due to the presence of rubbish that is clogging the waterways. We have identified 25 spots that are prone to flash floods.

“Sandbags will also be placed along riverbanks to retain excess water during a downpour,” he said when met during a buka puasa event on Wednesday (April 27).

The Minister added that 25 flood monitoring squads from the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) would be placed in flood-prone areas.

“These teams of ten personnel would conduct immediate cleaning works at drains after a downpour,” he added.

Shahidan noted that his Ministry was ordered by the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob to undertake immediate measures to address the flood issue.

He said DBKL will use its own funds for now and the Federal Government agreed to reimburse the amount it spent later.

He, however, declined to disclose the amount, which DBKL planned on spending.

On Monday (April 25), several major roads in the city were inundated after a continuous downpour that started at around 3am.

Among areas hit were Jalan Semantan, Jalan Parlimen, Jalan Kuching, Jalan Travers, Jalan Ampang and Jalan Segambut.

Other roads inundated were Jalan Pudu, Jalan Maharajalela, Jalan Tun Razak, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim and Jalan Pudu.

Another round of flash flood hit on Wednesday (April 27), affecting the area around Pudu after a heavy rain at around 4pm.

Shahidan also said a study by an independent consultant appointed by DBKL to redesign drainage systems in the city was ongoing.

“It will take around two months to complete,” he said in reference to an announcement he made on the matter in March.

Shahidan also noted that DBKL was working with the Malaysian Institute of Public Works to draft a flood mitigation plan.

The study, he noted, was to identify flood prone areas in Kuala Lumpur and to check if the existing drainage was enough to accommodate water load during a downpour.

He said the study, to comprise five phases, was expected to complete in 12 months.

On long-term measures to address floods, he said DBKL was planning to build eight underground detention ponds in open areas.

He added that upgrades of eight drainage systems was also planned in Jalan Jinjang, Sungai Kayu Ara, Sungai Toba, Segambut Dalam, Bandar Sri Permaisuri,Taman Botani and Jalan Kuchai Lama.

“For record, 26 upgrading projects have been undertaken by DBKL since 2017.

“Regular maintenance at the outlets will also be done to ensure there is no rubbish or dried leaves stuck there,” added Shahidan.

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