Johor Baru hit by ‘worst floods in recent times’


JOHOR BARU: Several parts of the city were under water while a major road had to be closed when flash floods hit the state capital after a downpour.

It affected Jalan Tebrau, Jalan Serampang, Jalan Bakar Batu, Jalan Tun Abdul Razak and Jalan Pasir Pelangi, where Istana Pasir Pelangi is located.

Jalan Tun Abdul Razak was closed to traffic due to floodwaters that started to rise just 10 minutes after the rain began at about 2pm.

A video on the flooded Jalan Tebrau and Jalan Pasir Pelangi has gone viral on social media.

However, the floods quickly subsided after the rain stopped at around 4pm.

Motorcyclist Nik Nazirul Nik Mazlan, 28, a sales assistant at a shopping mall along Jalan Tun Abdul Razak, said the water began to rise suddenly after the rain started.

“I was waiting for the rain to stop but it kept getting heavier. Within minutes, the road was flooded and I had to go inside the shopping mall.

“This is the worst flash floods I have seen in the city in recent years,” he said, adding that the Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) must ensure the drainage in the city area was clear.

Flash floods also hit Jalan Kolam Ayer and the Pasir Gudang Highway.

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