Pe­nang ap­proves seven mit­i­ga­tion projects

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GE­ORGE TOWN: The Pe­nang gov­ern­ment has ap­proved RM665,000 worth of flood mit­i­ga­tion mea­sures with im­me­di­ate ef­fect fol­low­ing flash floods and land­slides which hit the state yes­ter­day.

State Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Traf­fic Man­age­ment and Flood Mit­i­ga­tion com­mit­tee chair­man Chow Kon Yeow said the seven projects were im­me­di­ate re­quests by the Drainage and Ir­ri­ga­tion Depart­ment (DID).

He said the mea­sures are to take about two weeks to a month to com­plete and will be awarded by di­rect con­tract due to the emer­gency na­ture of the work.

These projects in­clude the deep­en­ing of Sun­gai Pi­nang and de­silt­ing the mouth of the river.

The mea­sures also in­clude the deep­en­ing of Sun­gai Don­dang re­ten­tion ponds and deep­en­ing and re­pair­ing its river banks.

Sun­gai Air Itam will be deep­ened and its banks re­paired as will Sun­gai Je­lu­tong while dam­aged pumps in the northeast district will be re­paired.

“These will be ap­prove im­me­di­ately,” Chow said in a press con­fer­ence after launch­ing a waste sep­a­ra­tion pro­gramme for Bayan Lepas yes­ter­day.

Chow said the floods were caused by heavy rain which lasted from about 2.30am un­til 7.45am, re­sult­ing in 21 ar­eas be­ing hit by flash floods af­fect­ing 150 res­i­dences and some 350 res­i­dents.

These ar­eas in­clude Jalan P. Ram­lee, Jalan Lumba Kuda, Jalan Datuk Kera­mat and Jalan Masjid while rivers which broke their banks in­clude Sun­gai Pi­nang, Sun­gai Je­lu­tong, Sun­gai Air Itam and Sun­gai Air Ter­jun.

He said the wa­ter level in af­fected ar­eas was be­tween 30cm and 90cm and noted the sea level was high be­tween those times, mea­sur­ing some 1.9m to 2.1m. – by Aaron Ngui

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