The big clean-up in Kajang - again

The big clean-up in Kajang - again

KAJANG - Barely two months after a flash flood hit parts of the town centre, shop owners and traders around Pasar Besar Kajang are once again counting their losses.

Another round of floods struck Jalan Haroun on Wednesday.

"Water rose slowly but did not enter the shop," said salesman Nordin Ahmad, 32, who works in a textile shop.

"We are used to this. It happens frequently.

"In fact, we continued selling carpets and resumed our business two hours after the waters subsided.

"The authorities cleared mud from the road within an hour, except at the Kajang wet market," he said, adding that a river nearby overflowed onto the road in September.

Business owner Lee Kim Tuan, 67, said he spent about RM2,000 (S$774) constructing a foot-high wall in front and at the back of his record shop that has been operating for more than 20 years.

"I built the barrier last year. I was afraid that the water would enter my shop," he said.

"There are still many businesses that have not built such barriers, but I had no choice but to take the necessary precaution," said Lee, adding that flood waters only reached the doorstep of his shop now.

Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) public relations head Kamarul Izlan Sulaiman said the flash flood occurred because the river overflowed its banks.

"A clean-up crew was on-site to clear up the rubbish, silt and mud," he said, adding that everything was in order by midnight.

Kamarul said the council was working with the Selangor Drainage and Irrigation Depart­ment for a long-term solution, including upgrading works at Sungai Jelok.

"We expect the project to help ease the heavy flow, and hope­fully reduce flash floods in the area."

Kamarul said that for the time being, MPKj would step up on the cleaning of drainage to ensure no blockages occurred.

"We appeal to the people not to throw rubbish irresponsibly.

"It is a contributing factor to the flash floods," he said.

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