Drains in KL can’t cope with downpours, causing flash floods


KUALA LUMPUR: The condition of the drains in the federal capital which makes them unable to cope with heavy downpours, is one of the reasons for flash floods to occur.

Federal Territories Minister, Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said the drains were originally designed to accommodate a rainfall density of 50mm but due to the time and situation, the capacity to cope had dropped as the drains were old and obsolete.

“For example, at Lebuh Pasar, the rainfall reading was recorded at 50mm. But the old drains there can no longer cope with that amount of rainfall,” he said during question time at the Dewan Rakyat sitting, here,
today.

Nurul Izzah Anwar (PKR-Lembah Pantai) had asked for the cause of flash floods on nine stretches of roads in Kuala Lumpur on March 14, which had caused massive traffic congestion.

The minister said the flash floods were also caused by stormwater runoffs from the roads into the drains which could not contain the amount water due to siltation from the construction works going on. — Bernama

(The Sundaily)

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