Rain-triggered mudslide causes traffic jam on Kesas


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  • Monday, 02 Nov 2015

Men at work: A backhoe clearing the mudslide that occurred during an evening downpour near the Subang Jaya exit along the Kesas Highway.

SHAH ALAM: An evening downpour left a trail of mud along the Kesas Highway, as a minor landslide and flash flood caused traffic to come to a crawl.

A highway spokesman said a slope along the Subang Jaya exit of the Kesas gave way at about 4.40pm yesterday and caused a portion of the side wall to collapse.

The landslide also caused a minor flash flood as muddy water broke through the slope and rendered three of the four lanes of the exit, inaccessible.

“The water receded as of 6.30pm but the road is pretty muddy now. Two lanes have been reopened while we work on cleaning up the landslide area,” said the spokesman.

The Fire and Rescue Department was not called in to assist the clean up.

The spokesman said Kesas was handling it internally as it was a “minor” incident.

Motorist Syed Asyraaf said the landslide and flash flood caused a major traffic congestion for those heading toward Subang Jaya.

“I took almost 40 minutes from what was usually a five-minute drive heading to Subang,” he said.

The Malaysian Highway Authority reported of more flash floods around the Klang Valley, including near the Serdang KTM station on the Besraya and the Puchong roundabout.

The Selangor Fire and Rescue Department said, so far, authorities had only received one report of flash floods in a civilian area, which is in Kampung Sri Langkas Tambahan in Kajang.

“Water from the monsoon drain was has knee-deep there.

“We have dispatched officers from the Kajang station to assist in the operations there,” said a spokesman.

Several areas in Balakong were also hit by flash floods.

In the city centre, Star Radio Traffic reported delays along Jalan Maharajalela, Jalan Syed Putra, Jalan Tun Razak, the LDP Interchange and on the Federal Highway heading from PJ Hilton towards Mid Valley.

In KUALA LUMPUR, Terengganu Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman said Terengganu was affirmed as the state with the best flood management last year and they plan to do even better this year.

“We are already used to it. Simulations have been carried out and residents in flood prone areas have been given manuals on what to do,” said Ahmad Razif during the Pesona Terengganu 2015 programme at Dataran DBKL.

He said residents even know where to go should an evacuation centre also flood.

“There are plans B, C, D and E,” he said.

Ahmad Razif said RM300mil had been spent building flood barriers this year while all drains have been cleared.

He acknowledged these were short-term interim measures but said more federal funding was being allocated to solve the state’s flood woes.

This included RM400mil for flood mitigation work in Kemaman which will start next year.

He added that 521 flood evacuation centres were ready along with 162 depots with food, equipment and even boats.

Ahmad Razif said 10,000 volunteers were also standing by to help victims should the need arise.

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