KLANG: Selangor will initiate six measures to counter the floods that have hit the state.
State Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari said that the priority was to ensure the safety of people in the worst-affected areas.
“As of 5pm Saturday, the Klang, Petaling, Sepang, Kuala Langat and Kuala Selangor districts have initiated operations at 46 temporary evacuation centers to house 3,582 people whose homes have been inundated by flood waters,” he said on Saturday (Dec 18).
Amirudin added that all evacuation centres are equipped with basic needs such as clothes, food, hand sanitisers, face masks as well as cubicles for the privacy of each family.
Given that the Covid-19 endemic is still in effect, all victims will be screened for infection.
A special evaluation centre will also be set up for those who test positive for Covid-19, said Amirudin.
Boats belonging to the state government as well as to the Fire and Rescue Department and the police will be mobilised to evacuate people and distribute basic needs, he said.
“I have also directed Air Selangor to prepare water tankers to be stationed at evacuation centres for the people there,” Amirudin said.
He added that all the efforts will be coordinated by the Smart Selangor Operations Centre (SSOC), based at the state secretariat, which is in operation around the clock.
Amirudin said the state government would also activate volunteer groups to facilitate the placement of evacuees at transit centres and distribute aid as well as help with cleaning-up when floodwaters recede.
He said the decision to implement these measures was made following a meeting of the Selangor Disaster Management Unit on Dec 17, which he had chaired.
“The Selangor Drainage and Irrigation Department notified the meeting that rainfall had reached 380mm.
“This is almost double the most rainfall of 280mm recorded before this,” said Amirudin, adding that the high tide in the affected areas had also hit 4.5m.
On another matter, Amirudin said 134 sluice gates had to be closed due to the high tide to prevent water from overflowing into nearby residential areas.
In addition, Amirudin said, 93 pumps were also fully operational to expedite the flow of water into the rivers to counter the flooding in the five affected districts in Selangor.
He said the Meteorological Department was expecting heavy rainfall to continue in Sabak Bernam, Kuala Selangor, Hulu Selangor, Gombak, Petaling, Kuala Langat, Hulu Langat as well as Perak, Kelantan, Pahang, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.
“In view of this, I would like to advise residents in affected areas to adhere to advice given by the rescue authorities as well as be prepared in the event they are directed to move to flood evacuation centers,” said Amirudin.
The Mentri Besar reminded everyone not to leave home if not necessary as well as avoid flooded areas as these were conduits for electrocution and lightning strikes.
He said the state government will do everything within its capacity to ensure help arrives on time to those in need.
Amirudin said the public could keep abreast with the latest developments on his official social media platforms on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Those in need of help could also contact the state Disaster Management Unit at 03-5035 0920.