Pe­nang plagued by floods again

> Vic­tims at wit’s end, call on au­thor­i­ties to look into their plight


GE­ORGE TOWN: Tor­ren­tial rain early yes­ter­day caused houses in Per­matang Da­mar Laut, Batu Maung and sev­eral ar­eas on the main­land to be hit by flash floods.

In the South­west district in Batu Maung, the down­pour started at about 3am caus­ing wa­ter to rise knee-high in just two hours.

Wa­ter which over­flowed from drains en­tered houses caus­ing un­told dam­age to prop­erty and house­hold items.

Flood vic­tim Suhaimi Saidin, 37, at­trib­uted the sit­u­a­tion to the de­vel­op­ment tak­ing place on the main road.

He said this time the flood was worse as mud wa­ter gushed into his house, dam­ag­ing the fur­ni­ture.

A frus­trated Saidin Ghaz­ali, 35, said the floods had caused sleep­less nights and taken a toll on the fam­ily.

“Many res­i­dents had to move their be­long­ings to safer ground. It is not an easy task,” he added.

Muhd Rashidi Sha­harudin, 26, called on the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties to look into their plight and do the need­ful to avert an­other such in­ci­dent.

Batu Maung as­sem­bly­man Datuk Malik Abul Kas­sim said he will raise the is­sue with the au­thor­i­ties con­cerned to pre­vent an­other flood­ing.

Chief Min­is­ter Lim Guan Eng hoped the state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments will work to­gether to re­solve the flood is­sue at Batu Maung.

On the main­land, more than 50 houses in sev­eral vil­lages in Kepala Batas were in­un­dated early yes­ter­day af­ter four hours of rain­fall.

The rain, which started at about 3am, caused Sun­gai La­har Endin to over­flow into a nearby vil­lage caus­ing it to be sub­merged in about half a me­tre of wa­ter.

One of the worst hit vil­lages was Kam­pung La­har Ikan Mati.

“Flood­ing is a reg­u­lar phe­nom­e­non here but this time it is re­ally bad. Ear­lier, I had to clean my house af­ter it was flooded, and now I have to do it again as the wa­ter is an­kle-deep in the house,” said Mohd Sani Harun, 41.

Mohd Sani and his fam­ily, how­ever, man­aged to sal­vage some be­long­ings.

An­other villager Ma­jid Harun, 70, said he had to be on standby ev­ery time there was heavy rain as the vil­lage would be hit as it is in a low-ly­ing area.

Nafisah Harun, 48, hoped the au­thor­i­ties would look into their plight.

Mean­while in SEBERANG PERAI, A fiveme­tre-long retic­u­lated python, which was hid­ing be­hind a house dur­ing a down­pour, was caught by Civil De­fence Force (APM) per­son­nel on Mon­day.

Kepala Batas district APM op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer Hasli Hashim said the snake, weigh­ing nearly 60kg, was spot­ted by vil­lagers at about 10.45pm.

It is be­lieved the rep­tile was search­ing for food near the bushy area.

Hasli said the python will be handed over to the Depart­ment of Wildlife and Na­tional Parks later to­day.

Mohd Sani plac­ing his pos­ses­sions on higher ground to avoid dam­age by the flood waters.

Civil de­fence per­son­nel with the python.

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