Taiping hit by flash floods

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  • Monday, 14 Nov 2016

The Taiping flash floods.

TAIPING: Various parts of the town centre here and the nearby areas of Aulong, Pokok Assam and Simpang were inundated after an hour-long downpour on Monday. 

Several vehicles were seen in 0.3m-high floodwaters at a car park on Barrack Road following heavy rains and strong winds, which started at about 2pm yesterday. 

Fallen trees also caused damage to vehicles. 

About 1,000 homes were affected by the flash floods although no injuries were reported. 

When contacted, Taiping OCPD Asst Comm Harrith Kam Abdullah said five families from Kampung Pak Darus in Simpang were evacuated from their homes at 8pm.

"Twenty-seven people including 13 children have been relocated to the community hall at the village.

"Waters in the area are receding," he added.

In Kampung Simpang Halt, Simpang, 44 people including 18 children, were relocated to the village community hall after three hours of heavy rain.

"The road leading to the village is not accessible due to overflow of water from its drainage and irrigation system," said ACP Harrith Kam.

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