Is­land hit by worst floods in 10 years

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GE­ORGE TOWN: Dis­grun­tled Pe­nan­gites af­fected by flash floods that crip­pled Pe­nang yes­ter­day are de­mand­ing that the state gov­ern­ment come up with longterm so­lu­tions for the prob­lem.

They said they were puz­zled as to why the flash floods were oc­cur­ing again, with yes­ter­day’s in­ci­dent be­ing the sec­ond this year.

The Pe­nang gov­ern­ment had promised to solve the prob­lem through flood mit­i­ga­tion pro­jects.

Zubaida Beve Syed Ahamad, 60, from Per­siaran Perak, said this was the sec­ond time flood­wa­ters en­tered her house this year.

She said her house was sit­u­ated on higher ground com­pared with other ar­eas and should not have been af­fected.

“It is one of the worst floods ever. It does not make sense that this rain trig­gered such mas­sive flash floods.

“I have ex­pe­ri­enced worse rainy days, but only a few ar­eas were af­fected.

“They (the state gov­ern­ment) promised us a flood mit­i­ga­tion project. Where is it? Why have they not started it yet? Will there be any per­ma­nent so­lu­tion to our woes?”

Zainal Hasni Az­izan Taib, 43, from Jalan P. Ram­lee, said he was happy when told that a flood mit­i­ga­tion project was un­der­way, but after a year since the an­nounce­ment, there was no re­sult.

“Are we ex­pected to wait an­other three years be­fore we see any re­sult?

“It looks like the state gov­ern­ment’s an­nounce­ment is mere lip ser­vice. Who knows? Even after three years, they may keep on de­lay­ing it.”

A con­tin­u­ous down­pour since 10pm on Thurs­day trig­gered flash floods in low-ly­ing ar­eas, with wa­ters ris­ing up to chestlevel in some ar­eas.

The flood­wa­ters en­tered houses here at 4am, and the con­tin­u­ous rain ag­gra­vated the sit­u­a­tion, leav­ing res­i­dents scram­bling for higher ground.

Thir­teen se­nior cit­i­zens, four of whom are bedrid­den, from the Gan En Zhi Jia old folks home were also af­fected by the floods.

Vol­un­teers re­lo­cated them to the Caunter Hall Tua Pek Kong tem­ple about 200m away.

PIC BY SHAHNAZ FAZLIE SHAHRIZAL

Vol­un­teers evac­u­at­ing res­i­dents of Gan En Zhi Jia old folks home in Jalan P. Ram­lee, Pe­nang, yes­ter­day.

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