The government will spend about RM92 million to improve the flash flood mitigation system in Kuala Lumpur, The Star reported. This comes after thousands were affected by flash floods in the capital on May 12.

The funds will be used to replace old pipes, install water pumps as well as build retention ponds and road div­er­sions, according to Federal Territories deputy min­is­ter Datuk Dr J. Loga Bala Mohan. “This includes RM5 million for an integrated traffic management system to better handle the traffic during flash floods,” he said, answering a question by Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar in parliament.

The deputy FT minister said the May 12 flood was due to “extraordinary rainfall which lasted for two hours” beginning at about 6.45pm. “A total of 106.5 mm of rainfall was recorded in those hours when the usual is 70 mm. The drains were unable to handle that volume of water,” he explained.

Meanwhile, Loga said that Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) will not compensate the 105 owners whose vehicles were damaged in the flash flood as it was not responsible for losses suffered due to “an act of god”. This is consistent with the KL mayor’s view. “No, we won’t cover it unless they had included extended coverage in their insurance. Otherwise, no,” Datuk Seri Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz was quoted as saying last week. Want to sue DBKL? A lawyer says that you can, but one must have plenty of patience and money.