DBKL deploys water pumps, sandbags at flash flood hotspots across the city – temporary measures

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When it rains, it pours. That’s a general saying, but it’s really true these days. The weather is getting more extreme, and it can swing from blazing hot (last week) to gloomy days in an instant. The latter comes with long and/or heavy rain – flash floods in KL and the Klang Valley are happening a bit too often these days.

Flash floods surfaced again in KL two days ago after an hour of rain starting from 10am. The affected areas were Jalan Rahmat, Jalan Ipoh Batu 3, Jalan Segambut, Jalan Dutamas 2, Lebuhraya Sultan Iskandar (slip road to Jalan Kuching) and the Jalan Ampang stretch near the Bukit Nanas waterfall. The flood subsided by 30 minutes, DBKL said. Low ground and roadside drains clogged with soil were cited as reasons.

DBKL is now taking some proactive flash flood defence measures and it involves installing water pumps at piling up sandbags at flood prone hotspots around the city.

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City Hall has installed four units of water pumps at Bulatan Dato Onn (where Bank Negara is, near Dataran Merdeka), four units at Lebuh Ampang near Bank Muamalat and two units at Jalan Rahmat. The latter, off Jalan Ipoh near PWTC, is a very low point that sits below the nearby Sungai Gombak.

Aside from the water pumps, DBKL is placing sandbags at flood prone areas. At Jalan Rahmat, 600 sandbags now act as a wall, and other areas that have been fortified with sandbags are Jalan Sultan Iskandar (Parlimen/Sg Bras-Bras), Jalan Lebuh Ampang, Kampung Kasipillay, Jalan Segambut (driving school), Jalan Pintasan Segambut, Lorong Maarof in Bangsar and Jalan Batu Bata.

DBKL says that the water pumps and sandbags are temporary solutions while waiting for the implementation of long-term solutions, which will start in the near future. Here’s hoping that these measures work well in evacuating and holding off flood water in the city.

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  • CounterStrike on May 27, 2022 at 4:27 pm

    Russia invasion incoming!!

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    • Daiko on May 28, 2022 at 7:01 pm

      If we friend China then no invasion will come. US too far away and sgt licik cant depend. Only 2 daiko, choose yourself.

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    • KJ, University of Oxford on May 28, 2022 at 11:31 pm

      Tian Chua says’ Go to work in cars,go home in sampan”No need sandbags lah.Install rails on your car roof to hold sampans.
      By the way,the dude supplying sandbags to DBKL can become millionaire overnight.

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      • Ghani on May 29, 2022 at 10:46 am

        Tian Chua only know how to talk bullshit just like all his other bullshitting fellow PH MP, when they were in power all buat tak tau, all tak tau buat keje. When they are in opposition baru nak bangun then kutuk the other side.

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      • Copy Paste on May 29, 2022 at 11:06 am

        Copy paste: “Apa yang kau merepek ini?”

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  • Dong Gor on May 27, 2022 at 4:46 pm

    It seems like downpour just happened yesterday and this phenomena is new to Malaysia…sandbags and pumps keke. thank you..you just made my day and TGIF!

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    • Troll Hunter on May 27, 2022 at 10:09 pm

      Thousands of sandbags and pumps don’t just simply magically appear as you thought. kekekeke

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  • Kapchai on May 27, 2022 at 5:29 pm


    1st thing 1st, is being done.

    Next thing will be soon and need asap too.

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  • Sick & Tired on May 27, 2022 at 5:42 pm

    Well done DBKL 2022! Dulu DBKL of 2019 tau saman orang je, bila flood datang, all including the useless WP MP then become headless chickens.

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  • donno on May 27, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    Baru sound sikit dekat Paultan terus buat kerja.

    This is the way DBKL! Bravo!


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    • Ghani on May 27, 2022 at 10:11 pm

      Dulu kjaan PH tak tau buat apa, kjaan BN2.0 ini kalilah dah bersiap sedia.

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  • Flooded for the umpteenth time on May 27, 2022 at 11:44 pm

    After all these mishaps and incidents, surely too little too late. Or you want to scream “so innovative”

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    • Make Malaysia Great Again on May 28, 2022 at 12:52 pm

      All these takes time to procure and get ready but our DBKL administrators of 2019 were drunk on power when they historically got elected that they forgot to do the most fundamental thing to get a flood prone area ready for flood. This was problem which is now inherited by our far more proactive DBKL of 2022 under much better management and we now see plenty of efforts in getting us ready for the inevitable.

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  • 4G63T DSM on May 29, 2022 at 7:10 am

    Hmmm… Already know the cause are clogged drains, why not just send teams to clear them?

    Seems a bit knee jerk to come up with this band aid solution.

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