Urban design expert says flash floods will remain a bane if people do not discard this irresponsible act

KUALA LUMPUR: An independent urban design consultant says flash floods will continue to occur in the Klang Valley if people do not stop their irresponsible act of throwing rubbish into drains.

Ihsan Zainal Mokhtar, who runs a town planning consultancy firm, said poor attitudes like throwing rubbish into drains is one of the main causes of flash floods, which are a bane to city folks.

“A lot of the flash floods mainly are caused by this careless attitude of the public. You can actually see for yourself anywhere you go people would nonchalantly throw things into the drain,” he told Berita Daily today.

Recent flash floods caused by torrential rains have displaced thousands of people, especially in states like Kelantan, Terengganu, Perak, and Penang.

The Klang Valley is not spared the effects of heavy rains, which frequently resulted in flash floods in various parts of Kuala Lumpur.

One of the badly hit areas was a stretch along Jalan Pandan Indah in Pandan Indah.

The New Straits Times daily recently reported that Pandan Indah residents were frustrated over the frequent flash floods in their area.

The report also said the floodwater was more than a metre high every time it rained because the poor drainage system could not properly channel water into the nearby Sungai Kerayong.

Ihsan, who is president of the Malaysian Institute of Planners (MIP), said proper designs to provide for balanced development were also essential to prevent flash floods.

Every new development is required to adhere to standards and guidelines set by the Drainage and Irrigation Department (JPS), he added.

“That is why new towns should have more greens as the water from rainfall will be naturally absorbed into the ground. Pavements that are covered in concrete cannot absorb storm water as fast as the ground can,” he said.

Ihsan also suggested that Malaysia emulate Denmark’s practice of diversifying developments around an area to create a sustainable city.

“Like in Copenhagen, Denmark, implementation of a multi-use development is a norm, including transforming pathways into a water retention line when heavy rains fall,” added Ihsan.

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