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Wan Junaidi: Lack of water retention ponds, debris traps caused Monday's flash floods

KUALA LUMPUR: The lack of water retention ponds and debris traps at a project site were identified as likely cause of the flash flood that hit the Federal Highway on Monday.
Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said that initial investigations revealed that the heavy downpour between 1pm and 4pm on Monday (Oct 30) had caused excess water and mud from the project to flood a stretch of the highway.
"I want to stress that the city's drainage and culverts are capable of handling the rain water flow on Monday, and this was not the cause of the flash floods," he told reporters at a press conference at the Parliament's media centre on Tuesday.
He said that the lack of water retention ponds and debris traps at the project meant that the rainwater spilled onto the highway as it was unable to flow to the nearby Klang River.
Dr Wan Junaidi said his ministry is still investigating whether project developers had followed environmental guidelines which required retention ponds and debris traps to be built.
"If the approval of the project was given after August 2015, only then are they subjected to the ministry's environmental requirements," he said.
He noted that the ministry's environment requirement was separate from conditions imposed by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).
"It is up to DBKL to see if the developers had breached any of their environmental conditions," he said.
In the incident on Monday, muddy floodwaters inundated a 1km stretch of the highway just outside the Bangsar South City development site heading from Mid Valley City towards the Sprint High­way Kerinchi exit.
The flash flood caused a massive crawl along the highway with netizens taking to social media to post photographs.
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