Following last week’s flash floods in several areas within Kuala Lumpur, as well as the Klang Valley, the Federal Territories Ministry is now seeking funds of at least RM40 million to build two retention ponds in Pantai Dalam and Jalan Duta to fix the problem in the federal capital.

As reported by The Malay Mail, FT minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said DBKL has already identified the causes of the flash floods and would present its findings to the Cabinet soon.

He explained that a muddy retention pond at Universiti Malaya and drains that were unable to cope with the heavy rainfall were the cause of the floods. On the former, Tengku Adnan explained that development work had caused mud to flow into the pond, and thus, was unable to accommodate much water. As for the latter, “exceptionally heavy” downpour overwhelmed the city’s drainage system. According to Tengku Adnan, last week’s rainfall was recorded at over 80 mm per hour.

The FT minister also laid out an action plan, where the first step is for DBKL to obtain permission from Universiti Malaya to clear out the mud from the pond to ensure it functions properly. Additionally, the frequency of cleaning drains leading in and out of flood-prone areas will be changed to once a week instead of once a month.

Commenting on the flooding near Jalan Duta, Tengku Adnan said construction work in the area added to the flooding woes. “The construction of a tunnel near Jalan Duta and an incomplete 50 m-long pipe laying project, also in the area, caused problems,” he said.

“The pipe is not connected to any outlet as the project is incomplete and as such the drains were unable to withstand the heavy water flow. In Pantai Dalam, the drains were unable to hold the water that gushed down from the hills,” he continued. Although there are 26 water pumps at several locations in the city, they weren’t enough.

“We are terribly sorry over the incident. We have identified the causes and want to rectify this (problem) as soon as possible. I admit the coordination between City Hall’s information technology department and its disaster department was a little slow,” Tengku Adnan apologised.

Will the Federal Territories Ministry’s proposal to build two retention ponds help in preventing future flash floods from occurring? Recently, KL mayor Datuk Seri Mhd Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz suggested an underground waterway be built to channel water away from the city as well. What other steps do you think will be necessary to curb this recurring issue?