MBSJ adds six strobe light sirens to warn against floods


Johary (front row, third from left) with government agency representatives during the flood-preparedness workshop at the USJ 7 multipurpose hall in Subang Jaya. — AZHAR MAHFOF/The Star

SIX additional strobe light sirens will be installed in Selangor’s Kota Kemuning, Serdang and Seri Kembangan to alert residents on possible quick-rising floodwaters.

This is part of Subang Jaya City Council’s (MBSJ) efforts to install early warning systems ahead of the impending northeast monsoon season.

“Installation of the strobe light sirens will be carried out soon with one in Kota Kemuning, two in Seri Kembangan and three in Serdang,” said Subang Jaya mayor Datuk Johary Anuar.

“We aim to beef up early detection of any rapid rise in floodwaters in areas close to rivers.”

He said MBSJ had four strobe light sirens, two each in Subang Jaya and Kinrara to notify if surface run-off overflows into drainage networks.

Johary said intermittent thunderstorms in Subang Jaya were expected to deliver an average rainfall of between 100mm and 400mm per month from October to March 2023.

“The 10 strobe light sirens will alert our command centre if water reaches the ‘caution’ level.

“People will be informed via WhatsApp to evacuate if it hits warning level,” he said after a flood-preparedness workshop to establish coordination with other government agencies held at the USJ7/3 multipurpose hall.

On MBSJ’s preparations in light of unpredictable weather patterns, Johary said the city council had activated its disaster operations room at its command centre.

MBSJ has also added an extra 30 members to its Swift Action Task Force (Pantas), bringing the total to 65.

Pantas squad comes under the purview of MBSJ’s Corporate and Strategic Management Department.

Anticipating the wet weather, Pantas had prepared enough assets and manpower to tackle the possibility of flash floods, expected in 28 vulnerable areas, said Johary.“Our meeting with other government agencies is to ensure smooth coordination in the management of evacuation and rescue assets as well as evacuation centres.

“It is also to ensure adequate supply of basic materials in the event of disasters.

“We do not want any overlaps.”

He said 60 premises had been identified as temporary evacuation centres (PPS).

“We have PPS in Subang Jaya (10), Batu 3 (two), Kota Kemuning (two), Kinrara (15), Serdang (nine) and Seri Kembangan (22).

“The 60 PPS consists of community halls, surau, mosques and schools.

“Each building can accommodate between 50 and 500 people,” he elaborated.

Johary said the city council would monitor eight areas identified as high-risk for landslips.

The eight areas are Jalan Pinggiran USJ2/2 in Taman Pinggiran USJ; SK Pusat Bandar Puchong 2 in Pusat Bandar Puchong; Jalan 16 of Taman Bukit Kuchai in Puchong; Jalan Udang Kara of PJU8 in Taman Punchak Jalil; Jalan LP1A/2, Lestari Perdana; Jalan Indah 1, Taman Universiti Indah; Jalan BS5/26, Taman Bukit Serdang and Jalan Bayan, Puchong Jaya,” he said.

Johary added that the Pantas squad would be on standby round the clock at its command centre to provide immediate help in the event of landslides or floods.

For details or to report any disasters, call 03-8024 7700 (MBSJ Operations and Command Centre).

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