Frequent flooding angers residents
> Affected folk want authorities to ensure problem will not recur
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.
Workers clearing rubbish collected from Sungai Pinang after the floods on Saturday.