Klang Municipal Council (MPK) is on standby for the eventuality of flood in the district by establishing a quick response team to disseminate preliminary reports on flood situations to security forces and relevant authorities – including police and the Fire and Rescue Department.
Residents living along the Selangor coastal areas have been asked to take precautionary measures to face the possibility of big flood following the high tide phenomenon expected to hit the state this weekend.
State Disaster Management Committee secretary Col Ahmad Afandi Mohamad said this is due to the rising sea level, which was expected to reach up to 5.7m high between Oct 16 and 19.
“This will cause several coastal and flood prone areas to submerge under water. Thus we would like to ask the residents to make preparation and evacuate to nearby relief centres from Oct 15 at 2pm.
“To reduce the impact of sea water overflow, we are also building sand embankments at several locations along the coast besides repairing those which were damaged due to previous high tide.”
MPK said in a statement said the quick response team is on a 24-hour standby to face any flood disasters and would act as an early support team.
The statement also said the council was intensifying cleaning work on drains in eight of its state constituencies as early preparations to face the expected flood.
Enforcement agencies were currently monitoring flood prone areas through 76 of its closed circuit camera (CCTV) besides providing 24 MPK halls as evacuation centres.
A spokesman from Selangor Fire and Rescue Department said they had directed all fire stations in the state to ensure all of its assets for the ‘Ops Banjir’ were in good condition.
Entrepreneurs Association of Little India Klang chairman, P.Raman expressed concern the business area here would be affected if there was a flood.
“Currently it is the shopping season for Deepavali and if such an incident occur, it will totally affect our sale. We are concerned the Klang River’s water may overflow and flooding may occur in the Little India area.”
The high tide flooding is expected to also impact coastal areas in Negeri Sembilan, Perak, Kedah, Penang and Perlis.
Up north, the high tide phenomenon is expected to cause damage to more than 200ha of rice fields along the coast of Kuala Perlis, Kuala Sungai Baru and Kuala Sungai Padang.
State Housing and Local Government Committee chairman said embankments built along the 20km stretch from Kuala Perlis to Kuala Sungai Padang could not withstand the big waves caused by the high tide.
According to the Meteorological Department the high tide phenomenon is also forecast to take place from Nov 14 to 17.
At the East Coast, more than 1,000 permanent and voluntary members of the Kelantan Fire and Rescue Department are ready to face the possibility of an early flood occurring this year.
Director Azmi Osman said 650 permanent and more than 500 voluntary members of the department throughout the state would be mobilized any time if the disaster occurred.
“We have also maintained more than 60 boats including an amphibian craft and rescue equipment that could be used whenever necessary.”