Those affected by the recent flash flood in KL can sue the local authorities for damages, a lawyer said in a Bernama report. However, they would have to provide evidence supported by relevant experts to show negligence by the local authority concerned, Syahredzan Johan said.

“For instance, in this case, the victims can get advice from experts in engineering to testify on their behalf in court. The testimony will be based on evidence, such as the witness testimony, newspaper clippings, pictures of the incident and receipts for payments made in the case,” Syahredzan told the national news agency, adding that victims seldom pursue the matter due to the high cost in getting professional advice.

It won’t be a walk in the park. Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Mhd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz said KL City Hall (DBKL) is prepared if sued by flash flood victims. “We have our own lawyers to resolve the matter,” he told Bernama. Last week, the mayor ruled out DBKL paying damages.

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DBKL is currently conducting inspection and cleaning of the city’s drainage system, including areas affected by the recent flash flood. On May 12, heavy rain caused flood that submerged several roads, including Jalan Pantai Baru and Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim. More than 100 vehicles had to be abandoned by their owners.

Last week, the Federal Territories Ministry said it was seeking funds of at least RM40 million to build two retention ponds in Pantai Dalam and Jalan Duta to fix the flood problem in the capital. 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. Full story here.

Meanwhile, Perodua and Honda Malaysia have reached out to customers with flood damaged cars, offering discounts on parts and free towing in P2’s case.