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32 years of suffering due to floods in KL

KUALA LUMPUR, A housewife did not expect that moving to the capital city to get a better life would end up with her ‘suffering’ after having to stay in an area that faced frequent flooding.

Rofizan Awang, 60, from Terengganu has been renting a house in Kampung Periuk here since 1987 with her husband and brother-in-law who is a trader.

“When flash floods first happened, I was quite surprised but neighbours who were also renting in this area told me the floods would happen if there was a heavy downpour.

“This year alone, there have already been two incidents of flooding and today it is quite bad as the water level reaches waist level,” she said when met by Bernama on location.

Rofizan said despite having been informed of the matter, the landlord and the authorities just kept silent and no action had been taken.

Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur Civil Defence Force operations officer Capt Shahrul Kamar Mohd Johari said the flooding that started at around 3 pm began to recede at about 7.30 pm.

He said 10 families involving 41 flood victims were temporarily housed at the Sultan Sulaiman Hall.

“The number of victims increased since yesterday from 38 to 41 after their homes were hit by floods.

“The evacuation centre will be open for about two days depending on the situation and will be closed after the damaged houses have been repaired,” he said when contacted.

He said Kampung Periuk was often hit by flash floods due to it being in a crater position which put it at the mercy of the Klang River when it overflows.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

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