Thousands in Penang hit by morning floods

August 7th, 2012 Leave a comment

GEORGE TOWN: Thousands of residents in low-lying areas were hit by an early morning flood after a downpour that started at 3am.

Parts of Jalan P. Ramlee, Jalan Sungai Pinang, Jalan Patani, Jalan Air Itam and Jalan Datuk Keramat were flooded. The water level was knee-deep in some areas, and the situation was made worse by the high tide yesterday.

At least 3,000 people, mainly those living in the flood-prone areas of Datuk Keramat and Jalan P. Ramlee, were affected.

Many residents could be seen cleaning their houses after the floodwaters receded.

Retiree Hamid Karim, 59, said the water rose to chest-level at Jalan P. Ramlee during the three-hour downpour.

“I stayed at my neighbour’s house until 9am. My family members were sent to my relatives’ house nearby. When I returned, my bed, cupboards, washing machine and fridge were soaked,” he said.

Another resident Hajjah Rahima Mohd Noor, 80, said her house was hit by flash floods for the third time since June this year.

She said the water rose to at least one metre in her house during the downpour.

Datuk Keramat assemblyman Jagdeep Singh Deo said the rainfall recorded was 140mm within two hours yesterday.

He said the problem would be solved permanently once Phase Two of the flood mitigation project is completed.

The project costing RM150mil is listed under the 10th Malaysia Plan. It involves the widening and deepening of the river from Kampung Rawa to the Dhoby Ghaut bridge to help alleviate flooding in the surrounding areas.

State Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Committee chairman Law Choo Kiang said the rainfall recorded yesterday was the highest since September 2008.

“Water overflowed the banks in Sungai Pinang, causing flash floods in several areas.

“The water started to recede at 8am. The Penang Municipal Council and state Drainage and Irrigation Department must carry out the clean-up work immediately,” he said.

Source: The Star

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  1. Resign
    August 7th, 2012 at 15:48 | #1

    The whole stretch of Jalan P.Ramlee were flooded and not part of it.
    Whenever flooded they will say the same thing again and again, just
    repeating for excuses.
    Such situation has been going on for more than 30 years and it seems
    that nothing can be done. Why not gracefully resign especially all the
    Penang Municipal Council and state Drainage and Irrigation Department
    personnel ?

    What is the use of paper qualification or “kulitification” when all of you
    don’t have the brains ?

  2. John Chor
    August 8th, 2012 at 07:54 | #2

    It can’t be solved. Just let it happen again and again and this become the culture of Penang, part of the culture, flooding….

  3. Physics
    August 15th, 2012 at 22:01 | #3

    A river flowing through a low lying area during a high tide is the worst combination. After a heavy down pour, water will seek its own level and retain there until there is a lower level out at sea. No man-made pump can ever discharge enough what nature pours down!

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