FISHERMEN and villagers living along the coast of Klang district breathed a sigh of relief as the high tide phenomenon at 7.18am on Monday (September 12) passed without any untoward incidents.
Port Klang Fire and Rescue Station Chief Razif Mohamad Haris said the tide had reached a maximum of 5.5m but the waters along the coastal areas were much calmer and in most places the waters did not break through the dykes because there was no rain as expected.
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A check by StarMetro saw newspaper vendors and vegetable wholesalers walking in ankle-deep water at Jalan Syahbandar and Persiaran Raja Muda Musa outside Port Klang KTM Komuter station, but the waters receded quickly .
“Our men stationed along the coast noted that the sea was calm,” he said.
Firefighters in several areas added that the bunds along the Klang coast in Telok Gong, Pulau Ketam in Port Klang, as well as Jetty Tok Muda and Sementa in Kapar were in good condition and withstood the high water pressure. .
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Boat operator Mah Wing Wai, 63, said high tides rose much earlier than expected at 7.07am but was happy there was no rain as it could have made it worse the situation.
Several members of Klang District Civil Defense, Klang Public Works Department, Port Klang Fire Station and Klang City Council’s Swift Action Squad (Pantas) were present to monitor the tide situation. high at Port Klang pier.
According to the Port Klang National Hydrographic Centre, high tide is forecast at 5.4m at 7.49am on Tuesday September 13 and again on September 14 at 8.16am when the tide will be at 5.3m.
The Klang District Disaster Management Committee has advised people in coastal areas to be vigilant, especially if it is raining.
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Meanwhile, Klang City Council (MPK) Deputy Director of Law Enforcement Department Shahrul Hazri Abd Majid said the council’s Rapid Action Task Force (Pantas) had stationed 30 men to survey the areas along the rivers and even patrol the lower parts of Port Klang.
Pantas is the team that handles emergencies and disasters at local council level.
“Our 30-man task force in four shifts was on standby around the clock to monitor the situation. Even personnel from the MPK’s CCTV camera unit, which monitors traffic, were on alert for watch for flash floods,” Shahrul said. .