KLANG: The repaired bund along Sungai Keramat has prevented ten houses from being flooded when it stopped waters from overflowing into Kampung Sementa, Batu 5 in Kapar.
''The water level rose on the other side of the bund at about 5am and only a small amount of water overflowed from Sungai Keramat at around 6am. Thank God the bund works,'' said resident Rozita Bahar when met at her home on Monday.
The 47-year-old janitor said that her mother, daughter and few other siblings who also live nearby would stay put at their houses as higher tides were expected on Tuesday and Wednesday.
''There is still so much to clean, clear and rearrange in the house following the flooding last month.
“We really hope there will be no more flash floods in the area after this,” she added.
According to information from the National Hydrographic Centre in Port Klang, the tide was recorded at 5.5m at 5.27am on Monday.
It is expected to rise to 5.6m on Tuesday and Wednesday.
When contacted, Selangor Disaster Management Committee Sementa coordinator Mohd Azmi Mat Sangir said that as of 3pm, four evacuation centres have been activated in the state and two of them were not occupied.
“A total of 48 families have been displaced so far and the Dewan Kg Tok Muda evacuation centre in Kapar here recorded the most number of evacuees with 44 families. There are four families at the Dewan Jalan Palembang Kampung Rantau Panjang,” said Mohd Azmi.
He noted that the nine families that stayed put at Kampung Tok Muda have been told to evacuate this time because the area was still considered to be at risk of flooding.
“The villagers stayed put because their homes were not affected during the high tide last month; however we told them to move as this high tide is coupled with rain and strong winds,” he said.
Meanwhile, state infrastructure and public facilities committee chairman Zaidy Abdul Talib said that portions of the bund along Sungai Air Tawar and Tebuk Mendeling in Sabak Bernam gave way again on Monday morning.
“Officers from the Irrigation and Drainage Department are building smaller bunds to prevent water at the burrow pit from seeping into the nearby low cost housing area. A pump is also installed at the housing area to pump out the water,” he said when contacted.
Zaidy also noted that the bund in Sungai Keramat was not complete.
“Works to restore the bund to its designed shape are ongoing after the water has receded,” he said.
He added that an emergency allocation of RM4.3mil has been given by the state administration to repair the broken bunds along the coastal area.
“The works will continue wherever necessary,” he said.
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