Heavy rain cause flash floods in KL, outskirts

Heavy rain cause flash floods in KL, outskirts
In this file photo, residents are seen on a boat at a flood affected area in Temerloh, December 7, 2013.

KUALA LUMPUR - Heavy rain this morning caused flash floods and massive traffic jam at roads leading to the city as well as several areas at its outskirts.

This includes Jalan Batu Arang in Rawang, where at least three-kilometre traffic was at a standstill after several parts of the road were inundated at 8.30am.

Bernama reported, according to a Rawang Fire and Rescue Department spokesman, heavy rain early this morning, caused a river near the Aeon Rawang shopping complex to overflow its banks and inundate the surrounding areas.

The floods affected those travelling to work or carrying out their daily businesses since 6am today.

Meanwhile, a spokeperson at the City Hall's Integrated Transport Information System (ITIS) operations centre said the Jalan Loke Yew - Jalan Kinabalu also saw massive traffic jam from 7.15am until 8am today.

"We also received report about flashflood at the road from Kinrara heading towards the Technology Park in Bukit Jalil this morning."

The Meteorological Department's website stated that its rain monitoring station in Petaling Jaya, near here, recorded a 44mm daily rainfall from 8pm (last night) to 8am (this morning).

It has also issued a warning on thunderstorm and heavy rain at 7.25am today.

The warning stated that thunderstorms and heavy rain were "occuring over states of Perak (Hilir Perak and Batang Padang), Selangor (Hulu Selangor, Gombak, Petaling, Kuala Langat, Sepang and Hulu Langat), Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya , Negri Sembilan (Jelebu, Seremban and Port Dickson) and Malacca (Alor Gajah)".

The department expected the thunderstorms and heavy rain, which may also cause strong winds, to persist until late morning today.

The same weather condition is also expected to occur over Selangor (Sabak Bernam, Kuala Selangor and Klang), Negri Sembilan (Kuala Pilah and Rembau) and Malacca (Central Malacca).

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