Pembangunan tidak seimbang mungkin puncanya. 140 mangsa banjir yang rata-ratanya penduduk miskin terjejas teruk.
Floods force out 28 families in Temiang
Battling the waters: A woman hanging on desperately to rescuers as flood waters swirl in Temiang in Seremban Wednesday.
The Star 17 Apr 2008. SEREMBAN: Some 28 families were evacuated from their homes in Temiang near here after Sungai Temiang burst its banks following a heavy downpour yesterday.
The 140 flood victims spent the night at a multi-purpose hall on Jalan Temiang, about 1km from their homes.
The situation was chaotic as traffic came to a standstill along Jalan Temiang due to the floods which occurred at about 4.30pm.
Water disaster: Aerial view of the Temiang area, near Seremban, which was hit by flash floods after a two-hour downpour Wednesday. Some 28 families were evacuated after Sungai Temiang burst its banks.
Personnel from the Fire and Rescue and Civil Defence departments had to be called in to help 10 residents to safety.
Many returned to their homes after the flood waters receded at around 8pm.
Temiang assemblyman Ng Chin Tsai expressed his displeasure with the state authorities for not taking measures to alleviate the situation, as it had happened before.
“We met officers from the district office and the Seremban Municipal Council several weeks ago when the area was flooded and they had promised to look into the matter.
Help at hand: Picture sequence showing (a) fire and rescue personnel battling the rising waters, (b) breaking down a grille to save people trapped in their homes and (c) evacuating residents in Temiang, Negri Sembilan.
“However, I have been told that no one from the council went to the area to see how bad the situation was,” he said.
Ng said the floods were caused by the narrowing of Sg Temiang, land clearing activities and the construction of a section of the Kajang-Seremban highway.
“Many poor people were affected. I will raise the matter with the Mentri Besar (Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan) as the poor need to be compensated,” he said.
Resident John Daniel, who has been living in Kg Ulu Temiang for over 40 years, said yesterday’s floods were the worst in the past few years.
“The land clearing in the hills was a major factor. The authorities should have ensured flood mitigation measures were put into place.
“The river is deep enough. But if you have mud and sediment flowing in from the hill top, then you are asking for trouble,” he said
Another resident P. Sivanyanam said the stretch after the police post in Temiang up to the entrance of the Seri Pulai township had experienced flooding several times in recent months.
“We have had to take the Sikamat route to get back to our homes because the stretch was not passable to light traffic,” he said.
Lee Su Kok, who lives in Bukit Temiang, also expressed displeasure with the authorities for not taking remedial action after the recent floods.