Klang under “siege”?

The ground floor of a double-storey house in Kampung Jawa, Klang inundated in flood waters. Photo by Mrs Prasad.

KLANG, Dec 18 – On Thursday, residents in several areas of the Klang Valley including Subang Jaya, Klang and Kuala Lumpur saw a sudden disruption in their water supply. While water pollution was cited in Subang Jaya, a burst in water pipe was said to be the reason in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur.

The pipes slowed down, and water supply was reduced to a trickle and at some points it stopped altogether before the supply was back again.

Then came Friday and the floods. Non-stop rain for more than 40 hours in several Klang Valley areas, particularly in Klang, Port Klang and surrounding areas caught the many residents by surprise. Many could not come out of their houses, and those who did were stopped by flooded roads and many areas became inaccessible.

Some families in Kampung Jawa, Klang have been living it out on their first floor of their homes as flood waters have completely cut off the access to their first floor. Video by Mrs Prasad.

For Ganesh, who lives in Taman Kebun with his wife and son, could not go to work on Saturday as the road he usually travelled was flooded. He called his boss and informed him of his predicament.

For Mrs Prasad, who lives with her family in Kampung Jawa in a two-storey house, the ground floor is now completely inundated in flood waters and off limits.

“All of us are now on the first floor.”


Klang Member of Parliament Charles Santiago has been updating his Facebook with what is going on in the area.

He also made an appeal for people to pray for Klang, and said Tenaga Nasional Bhd was working to restore electricity in many areas that had lost their electricity supply following the flash floods.

He also urged residents to be cautious and call Tenaga at 15454 in the event of any emergency related to electricity.

The MP who has been actively visiting affected areas, appealed to the authorities to help.

“I did an emergency rescue, with the help of the police, at 6.45am for a friend who was caught in his sinking car.

Klang MP Charles Santiago assessing the damages from the flash floods with a resident in his constituency. Photo courtesy of Charles Santiago Facebook.

“Currently, we have organised food for 4000 people. Although much more is needed but restaurants are either closed or underwater. I therefore appeal to the state and federal governments plus the police to get more cooked meals to Klang.

“The District Officer has informed me that seventeen (17) shelters have been opened so far.

“I am also working with key stakeholders to ensure more intervention can be made possible if needed.”