Wet, wet Pe­nang

The Sun (Malaysia) - - FRONT PAGE - BY AARON NGUI

GE­ORGE TOWN: Strong winds and heavy rain lashed Pe­nang again yes­ter­day, caus­ing se­vere floods and sev­eral land­slides – for the fourth time in just 10 days.

The lat­est in­ci­dent comes a week after Deep­avali when high wa­ters in­un­dated sev­eral parts of Ge­orge Town and ar­eas around Sun­gai Pi­nang and Air Itam.

Stu­dents who were tak­ing their SPM ex­am­i­na­tions had to be as­sisted by per­son­nel from the Fire and Res­cue Depart­ment, who used boats to send them to their re­spec­tive schools.

Just four days ago on Nov 4, res­i­dents en­dured a sim­i­lar or­deal when flash floods hit sev­eral parts of the is­land fol­low­ing a down­pour in the morn­ing.

Ar­eas af­fected then in­cluded Bayan Lepas and Batu Maung in the south­west district while flooded roads i ncluded Jalan An­son, Jalan Datuk Kera­mat, Jalan P. Ram­lee and Jalan Tereng­ganu.

Floods ac­com­pa­nied by strong winds and heavy rains had also oc­curred on Nov 1 and Oct 29, af­fect­ing more than 600 res­i­dents

and caus­ing mud­slides and a num­ber of trees to be up­rooted in sev­eral ar­eas.

Many res­i­dents in the af­fected ar­eas suf­fered losses as muddy wa­ters rushed into their homes, dam­ag­ing fur­ni­ture and other be­long­ings.

Per­matang Da­mar Laut, Batu Maung, Kam­pung La­har Ikan Mati and Kepala Batas were some of the ar­eas badly af­fected.

In the sec­ond half of the year, Pe­nang has been hit by a spate of bad weather re­sult­ing in flash floods af­fect­ing thou­sands and caus­ing mas­sive traf­fic snarls due to flooded roads.

On July 18, some 1,000 res­i­dents of Kam­pung Teluk Awak in Teluk Ba­hang were evac­u­ated after heavy rains and high tides over­whelmed the drainage sys­tems.

Also af­fected were Batu Maung and Teluk Kum­bar as well as Per­matang Bin­jai and Air Pu­tih Tasik Jun­jung on the main­land.

The Bayan Lepas in­dus­trial area was badly hit while the Pe­nang In­ter­na­tional Air­port ex­pe­ri­enced flood­ing dur­ing a late af­ter­noon down­pour, caus­ing the de­lay of sev­eral out­bound flights.

On Sept 18, heavy rain and a freak wind­storm bat­tered Prai, Bukit Mertajam and sev­eral other ar­eas in the state and caused trees to be up­rooted.

Flood-prone Jalan P. Ram­lee was also af­fected but there were no re­ported ca­su­al­ties or dam­age to prop­erty.

The in­ci­dents have been at­trib­uted to over-de­vel­op­ment, lead­ing to crit­i­cism of the state ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Chief Min­is­ter Lim Guan Eng on Sun­day an­nounced that the state bud­get for 2017 will be fo­cused on ad­dress­ing the is­sue of floods.

Stu­dents from SMK Ab­dul­lah Mun­shi in Jalan P. Ram­lee use a boat to get to their ex­am­i­na­tion cen­tre for the first day of the Si­jil Pe­la­jaran Malaysia exam after flash floods hit Pe­nang.

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