02 May 2012
| last updated at 08:15PM
Flash floods in Ampang, Kajang, Cheras
KUALA LUMPUR: A two-hour downpour in the Klang Valley caused flash floods resulting in massive traffic jams and damages to property today.
Rush hour traffic was at its worst as massive jams were reported at Jalan Ampang, the Duke Highway, Jalan Kuching, the Jalan Duta flyover, the roundabout at Petaling Jaya Old Town, Jalan Ipoh and Jalan Kinabalu.
Flash floods also struck at Jalan Kampung Puah, Sentul, Jelatek, Taman Nirwana and Taman Tasik Permai, Ampang, Jalan Yaakob Latif, Cheras, Kampung Setia Jaya, Setapak, Lembah Keramat, Jalan Ipoh and Kajang.
Light Rail Transit commuters from Salak Selatan to Seri Petaling were also left stranded when the service was shut down for more than one hour due to flooding at a traction power substation at the Salak Selatan LRT station.
Dozens of Rapid KL buses had to be deployed to ferry the stranded commuters.
A Fire and Rescue Department official said three people were trapped in a taxi along Jalan Salak Selatan at 3pm after water levels on the road rose rapidly. The level rose to two metres causing the taxi driver to call for help.
“We rescued the two women and a taxi driver by boat,” he added.
The Smart Tunnel was also closed to traffic until further notice to allow the flood system to be operational.
Meanwhile a Civil Defence Department official said the thunderstorm which struck just after noon, also caused several landslips at Jalan 5/58 in Taman Supreme, Cheras and in Kampung Cheras Baru, Ampang, where two cars were buried under mud. No casualties were reported.
A van was also damaged after an uprooted tree fell on the vehicle at the Sungai Besi roundabout and many similar cases were reported including in Flat Sri Johor, Bandar Tun Razak here.
Additional reporting by HARIZ MOHD
NSTP/Syarafiq Abd Samad
Policemen in Salak Selatan helped shopowners clear flood waters after several hours of heavy rain. NSTP/Syarafiq Abd Samad
A monsoon drain overflows in Kajang after heavy rains today. Email Photo
Commuters were stranded at the Masjid Jamek LRT Station due to technical problems following heavy rains that disrupted LRT services for almost an hour. NSTP/Iqmal Haqim Rosman
Heavy rains today caused Sungai Bonus to overflow. This photo taken from Wisma Bernama shows two people walking through the floods along Jalan Gurney. Bernama Photo
MPKJ workers cleaning up the road in Kajang after flood waters receded. NSTP/Yong Chee Choong