KUALA LUMPUR – Hundreds of Malaysians endured yet another episode of flash floods which saw major roads inundated after hours of continuous rain which began at 11am today.
The Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) has also forecasted that thunderstorms, heavy rains and strong winds are expected to last in Selangor and parts of KL until 7pm.
At 1.21pm, the Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel tweeted that the SMART Tunnel has been reopened to the public, hours after it announced that it will be closed to prepare for flood mitigation measures.
Authorities monitoring the situation
New Straits Times reported that the roads affected by the flood are Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah from Jalan Ipoh, Jalam Imbi heading towards Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Ampang, Jalan Kampar off Jalan Sentul, Bulatan Dato, Kampung Periuk, Jalan Duta Mas, Jalan Ampang and Jalan Dang Wangi.
Jalan Ipoh is also currently closed from Bulatan Pahang towards Jalan Ipoh.
The mentioned roads are now accessible and the Kuala Lumpur Traffic Investigation Enforcement Department (JSPT) and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) are also actively monitoring the situation.
Kuala Lumpur JSPT chief Assistant Commissioner Sarifudin Mohd Salleh said 60 officers and personnel were sent to the affected areas to help unclog the drains.
“Along Jalan Ampang near KLCC, clogged drains resulted in flash floods which lasted for 30 minutes,” he said.
It was later reported that as of 1pm, floodwaters have started to recede, much to the relief of many.
However, roads users have been advised to stay safe and to plan their trip ahead.