KUALA LUMPUR: The City Hall has cleared fallen trees on main roads in the city after heavy rain and strong winds uprooted trees in many parts of the city yesterday.
According to a statement, the clearing work which started at 11.30pm yesterday, continued until yesterday.
The clearing tasks involved 75 personnel of City Hall, police, Civil Defence Department and the Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory Fire and Rescue Department.
Three main roads affected were Jalan Tun Razak heading to PWTC, Jalan Tun Razak from the Pahang roundabout heading to Cheras and Jalan Maran off Jalan Kuantan.
There was also damage to property at the Jelatek Public Housing Project after a tree fell on two cars and three motorcycles while another fallen tree damaged a premise that belonged to City Hall in Jalan Tembeling, Taman Tasik Titiwangsa.
City Hall received reports that during the thunderstorm, 61 tress had fallen in various parts of the city, namely Kepong and Batu parliamentary areas (24), Bukit Bintang parliamentary area (14), Setiawangsa/Wangsa Maju/Titiwangsa parliamentary areas (13), Segambut (five), Cheras (three), Lembah Pantai (one) and Bandar Tun Razak (one).
City mayor, Tan Sri Ahmad Fuad Ismail thanked city dwellers for reporting the location of fallen trees which had contributed to City Hall’s effective cleaning up efforts.
Selangor Fire and Rescue Department assistant director Mohamad Sani Harul said all stations in the state were prepared to face floods.
He also advised the public to keep track of the weather condition and keep important documents like identity cards and birth certificates in a safe place.
Meanwhile, Federal Territories and Urban Well-being Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin urged City Hall to cut down ‘sick’ and old trees that may pose a danger during thunderstorms.
“I have asked City Hall to cut down old trees or branches to avoid fallen trees and branches hindering traffic during thunderstorms,” he told reporters after witnessing the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Wangsa Tegap Sdn Bhd, Bangkok Bank Berhad and Vinci-MHPT consortium to the Bangkok Bank tower at Berjaya Central Park, Jalan Ampang. — Bernama