'Rainfall double the usual'

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 11 Jun 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: The capital city was hit with the worst flash floods in the past two years, mayor Datuk Mohmad Shaid Mohd Taufek said. 

He said the average rainfall recorded was 42mm but yesterday's rainfall was 92mm. 

“Although it was only a short downpour but the rain collected was double the usual. 

“City Hall has done its very best in helping out the traffic and evacuation exercise,” he said, adding that the flood situation was under control. 

The affected areas were Kampung Cendana where 200 people were evacuated, Pantai Dalam (700) and Kampung Periuk (220). 

City Hall will donate between RM150 and RM300 to each affected family. 

Earlier, when he was stranded after opening the 3rd Malaysia Cup Boxing Championship at the Titiwangsa Stadium, he swapped his official car for a motorcycle and rode pillion in the rain right back to his office to tackle the flash floods.  

CONCERNED MAYOR: Mohmad Shaid (left) and Titiwangsa Umno youth chief Datuk Elli Tahir looking into the plight of flood victim Hasnah Md. Isa, 63, at Kampung Periuk in Kampung Baru Tuesday night.

Up until 2am today, he was supervising rescue and clean-up efforts.  

Mohmad Shaid, who took over as mayor in December, 2001, said he did not expect such a heavy downpour and City Hall was caught unprepared. 

He said although the flood early warning system worked effectively at several strategic locations in the city, the system was “overwhelmed” due to the unexpected rainfall. 

“It (the rain) was so heavy and so fast that the water level rose faster than normal,” he said, adding that water levels of between 1.25m and 2.5m were recorded in some areas. 

Mohmad Shaid said the water level in Kampung Periuk rose to 2.5m, the highest recorded to date.  

Officers of City Hall and Welfare Department, members of Red Crescent and police were despatched to the village to provide humanitarian help to the victims, he said. 

The previous big flash floods hit KL in Oct 8, last year.  

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