Fre­quent flood­ing angers res­i­dents

> Af­fected folk want au­thor­i­ties to en­sure prob­lem will not re­cur

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

GE­ORGE TOWN: Res­i­dents in one of the worst-af­fected ar­eas in Jalan P. Ram­lee here are an­gry over the flash floods which in­un­dated their homes on Satur­day.

The floods damp­ened the Deep­avali cel­e­bra­tory mood of Hin­dus as in­stead of en­ter­tain­ing fam­ily and friends, they had to clean up their homes.

S. Darshini said this was the fifth time that the cel­e­bra­tion of the Fes­ti­val of Lights was dis­rupted by flood­ing.

She re­called that her mother and grand­par­ents had also suf­fered a sim­i­lar fate on sev­eral oc­ca­sions as they have been stay­ing at the place for over 70 years.

Darshini said Satur­day’s floods be­gan at about 4pm when Sun­gai Pi­nang be­hind her home burst its banks and wa­ter flowed into her wooden house, caus­ing the liv­ing room to be filled with mud.

She said the muddy wa­ter only re­ceded around 11pm.

She said she could not do any­thing and wanted the au­thor­i­ties to pro­vide an ex­pla­na­tion.

She sug­gested that the fed­eral and state gov­ern­ments work to­gether on ex­pand­ing and deep­en­ing the river nearby to en­sure res­i­dents in low-ly­ing ar­eas would not suf­fer a re­cur­rence.

“I hope the au­thor­i­ties can re­ally do some­thing as we have had enough of this,” the 25-year-old sec­ondary school teacher in Kulim, Kedah, told re­porters.

Her neigh­bour, Nor Has­min Hashim, 36, lamented about the con­di­tion of his car after it was sub­merged in wa­ter.

The navy of­fi­cer said the car, parked in front of his house com­pound, could not be started after it was in­un­dated with wa­ter.

He added he will send the ve­hi­cle to a nearby work­shop for re­pairs.

“It will cost me about RM3,000,” he said.

An­other res­i­dent, Za­rina Ariff, 71, (pix) was also an­gry that floods still oc­curred al­though nu­mer­ous mit­i­ga­tion ef­forts had re­port­edly been car­ried out.

“No one came to help us ei­ther,” she said.

State Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Traf­fic Man­age­ment and Flood Mit­i­ga­tion Com­mit­tee chair­man Chow Kon Yeow, in a state­ment, called upon the fed­eral au­thor­i­ties to give the green light to the RM350 mil­lion al­lo­ca­tion for the sec­ond phase of the Sun­gai Pi­nang flood mit­i­ga­tion project.

He said it is im­por­tant to have this project im­ple­mented to avoid a re­cur­rence of such floods.

He added the first phase was com­pleted 10 years ago while the new phase needs ap­proval from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

MASRY CHE ANI/THESUN

Work­ers clear­ing rub­bish col­lected from Sun­gai Pi­nang after the floods on Satur­day.

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