Pe­nang floods caused by one month's rain fall­ing in one day

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BUTTERWORTH: The floods which hit Pe­nang on Fri­day were be­lieved to have been caused by heavy rain­fall of about 270 mil­lime­tres, equal to the amount that nor­mally falls in a month.

Chief Min­is­ter Lim Guan Eng said fol­low­ing the heavy rain which fell on Thurs­day night, the wa­ter level in the Ayer Itam dam rose by 20 per­cent.

"The wa­ter in the dams rose from 74 per­cent to 94 per­cent, and this was very sur­pris­ing be­cause it showed that there was a huge vol­ume of wa­ter,” he told re­porters af­ter at­tend­ing the Malaysia Day Cel­e­bra­tions at SP Arena in Se­berang Jaya yes­ter­day.

He said the state gov­ern­ment hoped the fed­eral gov­ern­ment's RM150-mil­lion flood mit­i­ga­tion plans would be com­pleted soon to re­solve the flood prob­lems in the state. – Ber­nama

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