Floods: Water reached unimaginable levels, says chef trapped with family in Taman Sri Muda


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  • Sunday, 19 Dec 2021

PETALING JAYA: A 65-year-old chef and his family are trapped on the second floor of their house in Taman Sri Muda, Seksyen 25, Shah Alam, after water levels rose to more than 1.5m deep.

Panir Selvam said the first level of his house had been completely inundated and he could see his refrigerator, washing machine, dining table and many other household appliances floating.

Panir, who runs a food stall in a food court, also said all of the family's cars were submerged as well.

"It started at 4pm Saturday (Dec 18) when the water rushed into the house. It happened so quickly. All of a sudden, the entire area was flooded, it was like a sea.

"We couldn't imagine it and could hardly save anything. We lost everything, our cars, our household appliances, everything," he said when contacted Sunday (Dec 19).

As of 11am, Panir said the water had still not subsided and he was taking shelter on the second floor of his house together with his wife, son, and sister.

He also expressed his disappointment at the lack of aid and support from the authorities.

"No one came to help us. No one sent any aid. The only 'help' I saw was a Bomba (Fire and Rescue) team on a boat looking for a pregnant lady. Apart from that, no one came, no food aid, nothing.

"I could hear children crying and women shouting for help this morning. I hope the authorities will come to save them because I cannot do anything. I can't even come out from my own house," he said.

Taman Sri Muda is known to be a low-lying area and has been prone to floods for years.

Panir said the area faced its worst flooding incident 22 years ago in December. Following that, he said, frequent floods still happened but the water levels would usually rise to ankle or knee-deep levels.

Panir lamented that the authorities did not do anything nor had any mitigation planned to prevent flooding.

"This time the water reached unimaginable levels.

"The government knows this area is prone to flooding but after so many years nobody did anything.

"This area is a well planned city, it is middle class. It is not a slum. However, it is 2m lower than the surrounding areas. The authorities were aware of it but did nothing. What is the Drainage and Irrigation Department doing?" he asked.

Meanwhile, Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari, in a tweet at 11.40am Sunday, said around 300 residents in Taman Sri Muda were rescued and have been moved to a temporary shelter.

"The state government welcomes private boat assistance from individuals and the public to increase existing assets. They can call 03-5510 5811," he tweeted.

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