‘Clean­ing house non-stop all week’

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

GE­ORGE TOWN: Res­i­dents stay­ing near Sun­gai Pi­nang have had it with flash floods hit­ting their homes dur­ing heavy rain.

Those theSun spoke to yes­ter­day said wa­ter com­ing into their homes was a night­mare due to the trash and dirt be­ing washed in, apart from dam­ag­ing their be­long­ings.

Muham­mad Rid­uan Ch’ng Ab­dul­lah, 40, said he and his fam­ily had to scram­ble to save their valu­ables on Mon­day when flash floods hit Pe­nang for the fourth time in just over a week.

He ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment that his tele­vi­sion, wash­ing ma­chine and fridge were dam­aged by the flood wa­ters.

“I have to buy a new wash­ing ma­chine and a new fridge,” he said when met at his house in Kam­pung Lorong Kulit.

An­other vil­lager, Che Om Ibrahim, 60, said she had moved her be­long­ings to higher shelves in prepa­ra­tion for the wet sea­son.

“Still, some­thing must be done to pre­vent floods, this can­not be al­lowed to con­tinue,” she said.

Abu Bakar Is­mail, 56, said the spate of flood­ings this year was one of the worst he could re­mem­ber.

He said it was ter­ri­ble how flash floods could hit his home four times in about a week and urged the rel­e­vant author­i­ties to take re­me­dial ac­tion.

“It feels like I have been clean­ing my house non-stop,” he said.

In nearby Kam­pung Ke­bun Lama, Amir Os­man, 39, urged the state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments to quickly re­solve the is­sue which has been plagu­ing flood-prone ar­eas around Sun­gai Pi­nang for decades.

He said the river should be deep­ened and called for short and long-term mea­sures to be un­der­taken to ad­dress the is­sue.

“I have to clean my house for three con­sec­u­tive days this week alone.

“Some­thing has to be done,” he said.

Flash floods vic­tim Muham­mad Rid­uan (left) and his neigh­bours Khairi Hashim, 33, (cen­tre) and Muham­mad Izham Ka­mal Mustafa re­mov­ing dam­aged elec­tri­cal items from their houses yes­ter­day.

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