Torrential downpour drowns Shah Alam in waist-high floodwaters (Photos, Videos)

A family tries to get their vehicle to safety. Photo: Mfarispro/ Tiktok
A family tries to get their vehicle to safety. Photo: Mfarispro/ Tiktok

The Shah Alam district in Selangor was flooded after a heavy downpour lasted three hours.

At least four housing areas and the Shah Alam stadium were among places affected by yesterday’s flash flood caused by the Damansara river overflowing during the storm. Photos and videos on social media showed parked vehicles stranded in the flood and people trying to get to safety. 

“The river should have been deepened because it is no longer able to hold a lot of water,” said Selangor state assembly representative Najwan Halimi to news portal Selangor Journal today, adding that he will check with the authorities on works to make the river deeper.

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“We received reports that floodwaters have raised to 1.2 meters at few places around the Section 13 area and the Shah Alam Stadium,” Selangor Fire and Rescue Department Chief Norazam Khamis told reporters yesterday. No injuries were reported from the floods, which began to recede at 9pm, the department said. 

Just last week, the Malaysian Meteorological Department predicted “extreme weather events” for the coming month due to global warming, including sudden flash floods in the country.

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