Bud­get to deal with flash floods

> Pe­nang to press fed­eral govt to fin­ish mit­i­ga­tion project: Lim


GE­ORGE TOWN: The Pe­nang Bud­get for 2017 is set to ad­dress flood­ing is­sues faced by the state as ev­i­dent by flash floods in re­cent weeks.

Chief Min­is­ter Lim Guan Eng said the “vi­cious” flash floods were caused by cli­mate change.

The DAP sec­re­tary-gen­eral de­scribed the sce­nario as a “new chal­lenge” due to un­usu­ally heavy rain­fall.

He also ad­mit­ted to the fail­ure of the Drainage and Ir­ri­ga­tion Depart­ment (DID) in car­ry­ing out some flood mit­i­ga­tion projects but did not elab­o­rate.

“This will be ad­dressed dur­ing the 2017 Bud­get, es­pe­cially on the need to press the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to com­plete the fi­nal phase of the RM350 mil­lion Sun­gai Pi­nang flood mit­i­ga­tion project.

“The first and sec­ond phase is done, we hope the fed­eral gov­ern­ment can fin­ish the third phase, if com­pleted, the is­sue of flash floods can be re­solved,” he said in his speech at the Pe­nang DAP Con­ven­tion yes­ter­day.

The Pe­nang Bud­get 2017 is to be tabled at the Pe­nang Leg­isla­tive Assem­bly ses­sion be­gin­ning Nov 15.

Last week, sev­eral ar­eas in Air Itam, Ban­dar Baru Air Itam, Batu Maung, Jalan Masjid Negeri and parts of Ge­orge Town suf­fered se­vere flash floods dur­ing heavy rain re­sult­ing in the state be­ing se­verely crit­i­cised.

Critics have blamed overde­vel­op­ment and urged bet­ter drainage sys­tems be built.

Mean­while in Ba­lik Pu­lau, sev­eral res­i­dents in Kam­pung Perlis were rudely awak­ened af­ter the roofs of their wooden houses were blown off in a wind­storm on Satur­day night.

Res­i­dent Nu­rul Qur­ratul Ain Salle­hudin, 23, said she was sleep­ing when she was wo­ken up by a loud noise at about 1.30am.

“The roof was blown off and de­bris was fall­ing on me and my sis­ter,” she said.

Nu­rul Qur­ratul ex­pressed grat­i­tude af­ter she and her fam­ily, in­clud­ing her 66-year-old stroke-stricken mother, es­caped un­hurt.

Her neigh­bour, Wati Abu Bakar, 47, also suf­fered the same fate as the rain and wind lashed her home but her fam­ily was not hurt.

Pu­lau Be­tong assem­bly­man Farid Saad said 11 homes were af­fected by the phe­nom­e­non which he de­scribed as a “tor­nado”.

Vic­tims of a wind­storm in Kam­pung Perlis, Ba­lik Pu­lau, clean­ing up their home yes­ter­day.

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