Penang approves seven mitigation projects
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