Stores see empty shelves following Selangor floods

Consumers in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor have been greeted by empty shelves at hypermarkets and convenience stores since yesterday after massive floods in the Klang Valley over the weekend disrupted the supply chain.

Checks by Twentytwo13 in several areas, including Taman Tun Dr Ismail, USJ, and Subang Jaya, showed that bread, biscuits, instant noodles, drinking water and other basic essentials were either depleted or missing from the shelves.

Readers also said that they found it difficult to purchase such items, even from convenience stores.

Several KFC outlets also ran out of fried chicken. An outlet in Bukit Jelutong placed a note outside its store, saying fried chicken was “temporarily low in stock”.

The notice at KFC Bukit Jelutong.

When asked about the notice, a staff replied: “We have not received our stock (of chickens) for the past three days. I’m not sure when it will arrive.”

Transporters had been facing difficulty in delivering goods due to road closures. Some factories in Shah Alam and Klang were also badly affected by the floods.

A spokesman for a hypermarket also said they had been receiving requests from corporations wanting to purchase food and other essential items in bulk to help flood victims.

“It’s actually a combination of several factors. But there’s enough for everyone,” the spokesman said, adding that with water subsiding in most areas, logistics would no longer be an issue.

Over 23,000 people were displaced over the weekend following heavy rain in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor since Friday.

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