The Klang District Disaster Management Committee has identified 62 localities in the Klang district that are at risk of flooding due to the phenomenon of high tide and the northeast monsoon that is occurring from now until December.
Its chairman, Shahman Jalaludin said more than 10,000 residents in Kg Telok Gong, Sg Serdang, Kg Tok Muda and Pulau Indah will be affected by the situation.
“There are 62 risk areas in Klang that we have identified as flood-prone, but it will happen when the high tide collides with rainwater.”
“Like yesterday, even though there was a high tide, there was no rain, and the situation was under control. “
“Our only concern is that in October and November, the risk of flooding is greater when the rain adds to the danger of high tide,” he said, reported Bernama.
Shahman also said that according to the Malaysian Meteorological Department’s weather forecast for the period from September 2022 to February 2023, Selangor is expected to experience a shift from the southwest monsoon to the northeast monsoon.
“Due to the transition of the monsoon, an average of 100 to 400mm more rainfall is expected from the middle of this month and there is a risk of catastrophic flooding.”
“During the same period, the phenomenon of flooding is expected in coastal areas along Port Klang.”
“According to the forecast by the National Hydrographic Centre in Pulau Indah, the highest water level is expected to reach 5.5m,” he said.
Shahman explains that both these phenomena could cause seawater to overflow into the settlement areas, posing the risk of a flood disaster in particular areas.
Thus, he urged those living near or at risk of flood areas to be wary of the situation and the weather and to comply with the instructions from the authorities, especially if they are asked to evacuate.
At the same time, he also said the committee has planned several community empowerment programmes, such as the establishment of a Community Emergency Response Team involving different levels of the local community.
He said the team will be provided with training and basic disaster management skills at Taman Sri Muda on 18 September and Pulau Ketam on 24 and 25 September.