Flash flood in the city


KUALA LUMPUR: Thousands of road users in the city centre were stuck in massive traffic jams after flash floods occurred in several areas, with Jalan Tun Razak closed for traffic since about 5.30pm.

Flash flood in Jalan Salleh, Kampung Baru did not recede until 9.30pm today.

Information received from the City Hall’s Integrated Transport Information System (ITIS) said all major roads leading out of and into the city centre are seeing major traffic crawl due to the wet weather.

Among the affected roads and highways were the Middle Ring-Road 1 (MRR1), Jalan Duta, Jalan Kuching, and Jalan Mahameru.

“Jalan Tun Razak at both sides have been closed to traffic since about 5.30pm after water started flowing into the road.

“The rain has stopped, and hopefully the flash flood will subside soon,” said an ITIS officer when contacted through its hotline.

The officer also said that Jalan Genting Klang was hit by a flashflood at an early stage of the heavy rain, but the water has subsided and the road is now clear for traffic.

Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel (SMART Tunnel) hotline when contacted said the tunnel was closed to traffic since 4.25pm to allow excess water to be channelled out of the city.

“We have re-opened the tunnel for traffic from the city centre heading to Cheras and Seremban, while the other side (leading into the city from Cheras and Seremban), is still closed,” said an officer.

Meanwhile, latest information received was that the flashflood that hit Jalan Tun Razak, said to be as deep as about one-metre earlier, has subsided to about 1 foot at about 7pm and is clear for traffic.

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