40,000 Taman Sri Muda residents hit by flash floods

PETALING JAYA: Over 40,000 residents at Taman Sri Muda were hit by flash floods when the flood mitigation mud bund surrounding the nearby Klang River collapsed. 

With heavy rains lasting almost six hours yesterday, houses and cars in the area were submerged in water measuring up to 0.5m and rising, said resident and former Taman Sri Muda House Owners and Residents Association president Domingos de Souza, 54. 

“If the water does not subside, we will need to go to higher ground on our house balconies or the nearby bridge. 

“I think people will not be able to go to work tomorrow because of this,” he told The Star

For the businessman who has been living in the area since 1986, it was a scenario that the residents of the housing estate were all too familiar with. 

The area was badly hit by floods in late 1995, forcing more than 3,000 people out of their homes. 

Since then, the Shah Alam City Council and the Federal Drainage and Irrigation Department have spent almost RM40mil to build a water-retention pond, a tidal gate, a pump house and a mud bund along 90% of the Klang River riverbank. 

Despite a reprieve from floods for almost five years, de Souza claims a more solid bund should have been built to protect Taman Sri Muda residents. 

“At that time, we told authorities that a mud bund could be broken and if it did, would put us in a dangerous position. 

“They should have built a cement bund to prevent the flooding,” he said.  

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