Forced to wade through floods

> SPM can­di­dates had to take boats, down­pour also caused land­slides, road clo­sures

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY AARON NGUI AND ED­MUND LEE

GE­ORGE TOWN: Flash floods and land­slides fol­low­ing a pre-dawn down­pour in Pe­nang is­land forced sev­eral stu­dents sit­ting for their SPM ex­am­i­na­tion to use boats to reach their ex­am­i­na­tion cen­tres.

Some 15 can­di­dates tak­ing the exam at SMK Ab­dul­lah Mun­shi were fer­ried to the school by boats from the Civil De­fence Force and Pe­nang Fire and Res­cue Ser­vices Depart­ment after Jalan P. Ram­lee and the sur­round­ing ar­eas were in­un­dated with knee­high wa­ter mak­ing them im­pass­able by car.

The heavy rain which started at about 2.30am also re­sulted in a land­slide in Jalan Ujung Batu, Teluk Ba­hang near Ba­lik Pu­lau about 4.30am which forced the clo­sure of the road.

About seven trees crashed unto the road and along with loose soil, cut off ac­cess to the city with those stay­ing in the area hav­ing to take a cir­cuitous route via Ba­lik Pu­lau to reach Ge­orge Town.

The col­lapse of a 10m sec­tion of the road shoul­der added to the woes but it has since been cor­doned off for safety.

The Pe­nang Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment has ar­ranged for can­di­dates stay­ing at Teluk Ba­hang to sit for their ex­ams in schools at the area since they could not go to their orig­i­nal exam cen­tres.

Depart­ment deputy di­rec­tor Mohd Jamil Mo­hamed said af­fected SPM can­di­dates were placed in other ex­am­i­na­tion cen­tres.

“There is so far no re­ports of any­one be­ing late,” he said when con­tacted, adding that 14 can­di­dates have been ar­ranged to take the exam at SMK Tan­jung Bun­gah, 29 at SMK Teluk Ba­hang and one at SMJK(C) Union.

Mean­while, State Works, Util­i­ties and Trans­porta­tion Com­mit­tee chair­man Lim Hock Seng said work to clear the de­bris in Jalan Ujung Batu was on­go­ing.

He said the Pub­lic Works Depart­ment will have to en­sure the road was safe to use be­fore the col­lapsed stretch can be re­opened for use.

Also af­fected was Jalan Bukit Re­lau, which was closed dur­ing the morn­ing rush hour, fol­low­ing a land­slide at about 3.30am.

This re­sulted in a mas­sive traf­fic grid­lock at Paya Terubong as the road is the short­est way to the Bayan Lepas in­dus­trial area for those stay­ing there.

Mean­while Ber­nama re­ported a to­tal of 434,535 reg­is­tered can­di­dates sat for their first pa­per, Ba­hasa Me­layu Ker­tas 1, yes­ter­day. The ex­ams will be held un­til Dec 6. The Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry said 3,732 ex­am­i­na­tion cen­tres are opened na­tion­wide which also in­volved 32,220 in­vig­i­la­tors.

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A col­lapsed part of the road fol­low­ing heavy rain in Jalan Teluk Ba­hang.

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