Selangor Water Management Authority (Luas) director Datuk Hashim Osman sasys a portion of Sungai Klang has been found to be polluted by a chemical substance that has yet to be identified. - NSTP/File pic.

KLANG: A portion of Sungai Klang has been found to be polluted by a chemical substance that has yet to be identified and the authorities believe it was dumped by irresponsible parties earlier today.

Selangor Water Management Authority (Luas) director Datuk Hashim Osman said the affected part of the river was confined to a stretch near Taman Eng Ann in Klang.

He said the pollutant was detected following complaints made by the public to Luas at about 6pm.

"We have taken samples of the chemical substance. It was immediately sent to the lab for testing to ascertain what sort of chemical substance it is.

“Initial checks showed that the chemical substance may have been dumped into a pond, which then flowed into a drain and into Sungai Klang. An in-depth investigation into this case has been launched," Hashim told the New Straits Times tonight.

Hashim said Luas has also alerted the Department of Environment as well as the Klang Municipal Council on the matter.

Hashim added that the situation was under control.

"The pollution will not affect the water supply as it is the downstream of Sungai Klang and it is not hazardous to humans. It may affect the river life but it all depends on the type of chemical, which we do not know yet so far," he said.

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