PETALING JAYA: Downtown Kuala Lumpur was hit by flash floods after a downpour in the afternoon.
A photo posted on social media showed the Masjid Jamek mosque surrounded by rising waters, with the person posting it, named “morpheuse”, saying the mosque had turned into an island.
The floods and heavy rain caused massive traffic jams all over the Klang Valley.
Jalan Ampang, Jalan Tun Razak, Jalan Lai Tet Loke and Jalan Ipoh were among the roads which were flooded, according to social media users.
Photos provided by the Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department showed the extent of the floods, with personnel helping to rescue motorcycles submerged by the waters.
Bernama meanwhile reportd that the five worst-hit areas were Lebuh Ampang, Jalan Raja Alang (Kampung Baru), Lorong Air Leleh (Setapak), Jalan Gurney and Jalan San Ah Wing (Semarak) here.
It quoted Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department director Nordin Pauzi as saying the department began receiving reports of floods in the city from 4.25pm although the rain started at 1.30pm.
“So far, there have been no accidents, only cars trapped in the floods.”
Floodwaters rose as high as between one and three metres in the affected areas.
The department said 15 people trapped by floodwaters in Jalan Gurney and Kampung Periuk in Jalan Raja Alang were rescued by firemen.
Also, five victims from Kampung Periuk were now seeking shelter at the Sultan Sulaiman Club flood evacuation centre.