KUALA LUMPUR : Heavy rain that lashed the Klang Valley from 1.30pm caused flash floods in several parts of the city today.
The five worst-hit areas were Lebuh Ampang, Jalan Raja Alang (Kampung Baru), Lorong Air Leleh (Setapak), Jalan Gurney and Jalan San Ah Wing (Semarak) here.null
Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department director Nordin Pauzi said the department began receiving reports of floods in the city from 4.25pm onwards.
“So far, there have been no accidents, only cars trapped in the floods,” he said when contacted by Bernama.
Meanwhile, the department, in a statement, said floodwaters rose as high as between one and three metres in the affected areas.null
It said 15 people who were trapped by floodwaters in Jalan Gurney and Kampung Periuk in Jalan Raja Alang were rescued by firemen.
Also, five victims from Kampung Periuk were now seeking shelter at the Sultan Sulaiman Club flood evacuation centre, the statement read. — Bernama
Malaysians have taken to Twitter to share pictures of the inundated areas, most notably Masjid Jamek that is one of the city’s main thoroughfares.
A Twitter user with the handle @morpheuse shared a picture of the iconic Kuala Lumpur mosque that lends its name to the area, saying, “Masjid Jamek KL is now an island.”
Another Twitter user @shafkass, meanwhile, made light of the situation with a wry observation: “The mixed feelings I get working in the heart of KL. This was where I had my lunch. Arguably one of the best Chapati spots. Nescafe ice got lunch. Teh tarik for flood.”
He also shared another photo taken from the Masjid Jamek LRT station, with the succinct caption: “Mateeeeee (Die).”
Meanwhile, traffic chaos was similarly reported along Jalan Sultan Ismail at the junction that leads to Kampung Baru.
A short video by @1Obefiend, also uploaded to Twitter, showed floodwaters forcing vehicles to a standstill just before Quill City Mall.
In Gombak, outskirt of Kuala Lumpur, Gombak Police Station also flooded.