City Hall_arborists

The New Straits Times reports that Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has appointed arborists to check on trees along city roads, and the initial sum of 100,000 trees earmarked is set to grow as work progresses. Mayor Datuk Seri Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz said an arborist is assigned to each of the 16 teams of contractors in charge of tree maintenance.

According to the mayor, “the number that we’ve obtained so far is only for those identified along main roads. The process of updating our inventory of trees is ongoing. “The incredibly strong wind following a downpour on Friday evening was a cause for concern among motorists especially during the downpour, although DBKL had maintained that the felled trees were caused by the strong wind,” he said, adding that the arborists have started their survey last year.

The report added that the rain also led to flash floods at Jalan Kemuja (near Jalan Bangsar), Jalan Duta, Jalan Semantan, and Batu Caves, bringing traffic to a halt in those areas. DBKL says that a total of 39 locations with fallen trees were reported following the Friday storm, which damaged cars around the city as well as a house in Jalan Klang Lama.

The areas receiving inspection include the National Planetarium entrance, Jalan Sultan Salahuddin, areas in front of Astro in Bukit Jalil, SK Tasik Permaisuri, PLUS Highway exit to Sri Petaling, Jalan Perdana Masjid Negara, among others.