Malaysia-Flash-Flood-2016

The Government and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has reiterated that it will not provide any compensation to victims of the flash floods that hit the city last month. This was because the floods were “an act of God,” as reported by The Sun Daily.

“We did not consider compensating individuals whose house or vehicle was damaged in the flood because the amount of rainfall on that day was extraordinary, unexpected, and has been classified as an ‘act of God’,” said Deputy Federal Territories minister Datuk Loga Bala Mohan.

Loga Bala explained that the amount of rainfall experienced on that day was abnormally high. He said the Federal Territories Drainage and Irrigation Department (JPSWP) recorded 106.5 mm of rainfall during the two-hour downpour, and the city’s drainage system can only handle 70 mm.

The flash floods caused more than 100 vehicles to be submerged in various parts of the city, which not only resulted in damages, but also brought traffic to a standstill for hours on the day. Poor irrigation was blamed for the floods.

According to Loga Bala, cleanup operations of drains in affected areas have already been done on schedule, and DBKL will start with flood mitigation works with an estimated cost of RM85 million. Efforts include upgrading the irrigation system along the Air Batu stream, Pantai river and Klang river by installing a pipe system at conjunction points to handle more than 70 mm of rainfall on Jalan Pantai Baru.

DBKL has also advised Universiti Malaya to maintain its flood water retention pond as it was found to be muddy, making it unable to accommodate much water. Over on Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim, DBKL has replaced an armco pipe in Taman Botani Perdana.

It also plans to build an adjacent flood water retention pond from said location, along with an additional culvert across Lebuhraya Sultan Iskandar under Taman Botani Perdana.

Are you among those that were affected by last month’s flash floods? What are your thoughts on the matter? If you still insist on being compensated, a lawyer says that you can sue DBKL, but one must have plenty of patience and money.