Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has issued a stop-work order against the developers responsible for the massive flooding that occurred in Kampung Sungai Penchala.
On Sunday, strong rains flooded several areas in Kuala Lumpur, with low-lying areas in Jalan Damansara-Kuala Lumpur, Kampung Sungai Penchala and Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) badly affected, reported The Star.
“This is the worst case by far. Even the parts of the township on higher ground were affected. This has been happening for many years with no solutions in sight.” lamented resident Norain Abbas.
Mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan revealed that the developers were given three days to fix the damage caused by the flooding.
“The developers have three days to upgrade the drainage, wall structures and utilities that were damaged by the flood,” he said, while emphasising that repairs should start immediately.
According to him, the drains in the area clogged up due to debris coming from houses being built by the developers. Excessive sand from the construction sites also washed onto the river.
As a response, DBKL would be using machines on site to deepen the riverbed and remove sedimentation to ease waterflow.
“We will coordinate efforts with the residents’ associations and community groups on this task,” Nor Hisham added.
Residents in the affected areas claim that they have continuously complained to DBKL but no clear action has been taken against the situation.
“We did not receive help. We were asked to solve the problem ourselves and when we tried, there was too much bureaucracy to go through,” said Farizah Marjun.
Farizah said that while the situation makes her feel helpless and frustrated, she remains hopeful that the issues will be resolved.
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