News: Parties Responsible For Floods Should Be Held Accountable, Residents

Oct 10, 2019

Residents of Ixora Apartment want parties responsible for the floods that inundated their apartments in the last few weeks to be held accountable.

The residents welcome the offer of Kuala Lumpur Mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan to act as a mediator between them and the parties deemed responsible for the floods.

“We expect the mayor to keep his promise,” said Ixora Apartment’s Management Corporation chairman Anthony Stewart Jarratt. “But we have not been advised on any upcoming meeting.”

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Nor Hisham, who visited the apartment earlier this week, had said that a meeting would be conducted today at Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) headquarters relevant to the issue, but clarified that the local authority was not responsible for any damage.

Two flooding incidents within the apartment on 29 September and 3 October caused major damage after the basement carpark at Block 7 was inundated, damaging 15 vehicles, lifts, tarmac and a children’s playground, reported The Star.

Nor Hisham believed the blocked old monsoon drain located near an ongoing development next to Ixora Apartment may have caused the floods.

However, the contractor for infrastructure works at the project site said it did not handle the drainage.

In fact, the contractor and the project team were the first to extend help to the residents by mobilising pumps to extract floodwaters as well as clean up the area later on, it added.

Nor Hisham and Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai visited the site with Jarratt and the apartment’s building manager R. Thevagaran.

Thevagaran shared that while the first flooding on 15 August caused minimal damage, the second incident on 29 September damaged 12 cars and two motorcycles. The flood on 3 October also damaged one car.

With this, Jarratt called on the authorities to act fast since the residents’ health and safety are at stake.

“Water pumps for the fire hydrants and the sewage system are damaged, causing sewerage to flow onto the property,” he said.

“I am also concerned about the stability of our perimeter wall because the soil around it has softened.”


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