‘Cleaning house non-stop all week’
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.