KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 7 ― The stormy weather that caused Penang and parts of Kedah and north Perak to flood is moving south along the Malaysian peninsula, according to data from the Meteorological Department.
In a notice published at 2am today, the department forecasted thunderstorms, heavy rains and high winds in four states on the west coast and the two Federal Territories.
The affected places are six districts in Selangor (Kuala Selangor, Petaling, Klang, Kuala Langat, Sepang and Hulu Langat); Kuala Lumpur; Putrajaya; Negri Sembilan (Tampin, Kuala Pilah, Rembau, Seremban and Port Dickson), Melaka and Johor (Segamat, Tangkak , Muar and Batu Pahat).
The early morning heavy rains triggered flash floods throughout the Greater Klang Valley, causing traffic jams on several highways.
Waters at six rivers in Penang, Selangor, Negri Sembilan and Melaka have risen past the danger level, with the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) issuing an “orange” alert today.
Citing the DID, the New Straits Times reported on its website that Sungai Juru in Penang have exceeded the “orange” danger level of 1.05m as at 8.45am.
Water levels at two Selangor river also crossed the danger level: Sungai Buloh stood at 7.12m at 7.45am while Sungai Klang was recorded at 2.82m at 7.30am.
Sungai Serting in Negri Sembilan measured 7.51m.
Melaka’s two rivers: Sungai Malim river was 1.82m and Sungai Duyong was 1.63m between 9am and 9.15am.