RUSH-HOUR DISRUPTION: LRT service halted, firemen rescue those trapped
KUALA LUMPUR: A TWO-HOUR downpour in the Klang Valley yesterday evening led to flash floods, causing massive traffic jams and damage to property.
Rush-hour traffic was at its worst as massive jams were reported in Jalan Ampang, the Duta-Ulu Kelang Expressway, Jalan Kuching, the Jalan Duta flyover, the roundabout in Petaling Jaya Old Town, Jalan Ipoh and Jalan Kinabalu.
Flash floods struck 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 left stranded when the service was shut down for more than one hour because of flooding at a traction power substation at the Salak Selatan LRT station.
Dozens of RapidKL buses were deployed to ferry 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 2m, 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 closed to traffic until further notice as the storm-water management system was put into action.
A Civil Defence Department official said several landslips at Jalan 5/58 in Taman Supreme, Cheras and in Kampung Cheras Baru, Ampang, trapped two cars in 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.
In Shah Alam, a few low-lying areas in the city were temporarily flooded after it rained non-stop from 1pm to late evening yesterday.
The flood warning siren, by the Klang River near Section 25, Sri Muda, here sounded several times from 1.15pm because of rising water levels, prompting residents to be on standby to move.
The Malaysian Meteorological Department yesterday issued an orange alert on thunderstorms and heavy rain affecting Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.
In Selangor, the areas affected are the districts of Petaling, Kuala Langat, Gombak, Hulu Langat, Sepang and Klang.
Apart from residential areas, Surau At-Taqwa in Section 25, Shah Alam, and parts of the main roads in the area were also flooded by 15cm of water, causing traffic jams from 4.30pm.
Checks revealed the Klang River burst its banks near Section 24 and Section 18 following the non-stop rain. Additional reporting by Hariz Mohd and Mazlinda Mahmood