Thursday March 14, 2013
Heavy rain causes traffic snarl around Klang Valley
By AUSTIN CAMOENS and YUEN MEIKENG
PETALING JAYA: Heavy rain and strong winds for a second consecutive evening uprooted several trees along major roads here, snarling rush hour traffic.
A spokesman from the Selangor fire and rescue department said they received several calls about fallen trees yesterday.
“We received a call about a fallen tree along the Federal Highway headed towards the Seputeh exit.
“We were also notified about several fallen trees along the Grand Saga Kajang-Cheras highway,” he said, adding that there had been no casualties or damage to vehicles.
On Tuesday, heavy rain and strong winds in Kuala Lumpur uprooted trees in Kampung Baru, leading to the death of a foreign woman.
In that storm, the 52-year-old woman succumbed to her injuries after a huge tree crushed a squatter house, pinning her under its massive weight at around 4.40pm.
More than 27 cars were also damaged as trees were uprooted by strong winds all over the city.
The Malaysian Highway Authority assured motorists that the fallen trees along KM20.9 and KM21.7 of the Kajang-Cheras had been cleared.
It said the fallen tree along the Federal Highway had been removed but traffic was still at a crawl.
Meanwhile, several Netizens tweeted about the storm.
Twitter user @tristupe tweeted: “Traffic diverted to OKR as a tree fell at the underpass towards Seputeh from Taman Desa. Fed highway, clear!”
@MCMattSally tweeted: “Bangsar a mess tonight. Huge tree hit by lightning and fell, blocking Jalan Bukit Pantai just up from the hospital.”