Thursday, March 5, 2009
Flash Floods in Kuala Lumpur Yesterday
Above (picture courtesy of The Star) is a scenario of cars (parked behind the Putra World Trade Center) being submerged in muddy waters after a thunderstorm in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
Thousands of motorists were stuck in massive traffic jams for more than two hours in various parts of the city as flash floods hit Kuala Lumpur.
If one were to be at the junction of Dynasty Hotel on Jalan Ipoh and in the Kampung Baru area, one would have experienced flood waters risng up to 2m. Some motorists had to abandon their cars in the middle of the road when the flood waters threatened to submerge their vehicles.
Badly-hit areas included Jalan Kolam Air, Jalan Union, Jalan Parlimen, Jalan Gombak, Bulatan Dato Onn, Segambut and Jalan Tun Razak.
Flood waters began to recede after the Smart Tunnel was closed to traffic to enable flood operations.
And elsewhere in the city, several LRT stations were jam-packed last night when thousands of commuters were stuck for more than an hour due to the RapidKL Kelana Jaya LRT service being halted by a power failure during a storm. Some commuters were stuck in trains and only reached their destinations hours later.
Power was restored gradually from 7.15pm and train service resumed in stages with service returning to normal at 7.47pm.
RapidKL will investigate the cause of the incident.
Hope you were not caught in any one of these. It is pouring again as I am writing this. Let's hope there will not be a repeat performance of yesterday's gloom.
Source: The Star