Road col­lapse not due to pipe-lay­ing

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

GE­ORGE TOWN: Pe­nang Wa­ter Sup­ply Cor­po­ra­tion (PBAPP) has dis­missed re­ports that the col­lapsed por­tion of Jalan Ujung Batu on Mon­day was due to pipelay­ing works.

PBAPP CEO Datuk Jaseni Maidinsa said no pipe-lay­ing works were con­ducted in re­cent years and the last time such work was done was 29 years ago in 1987.

He said heavy rain over the last three days caused wa­ter to flow down the hill­side and desta­bilise the slope sup­port­ing the road on the sea-fac­ing side.

He pointed out a to­tal of 304mm of rain was recorded in Teluk Ba­hang (where the road is) from Nov 5 to 7 and de­scribed the rain­fall as “un­usu­ally in­ten­sive”.

“Re­peated tor­rents of fast sur­face flow­ing wa­ter would have washed away the slopes sup­port­ing the road struc­ture on the seafront side (and) with­out suf­fi­cient sup­port, the road sur­face would have cracked and then, col­lapsed,” he said in a state­ment yes­ter­day.

Heavy rain on Mon­day re­sulted in flash floods in ar­eas sur­round­ing Sun­gai Pi­nang, that burst its banks.

Sev­eral land­slides also oc­curred, with the most se­vere in Jalan Ujung Batu, that was forced to be closed.

How­ever, the de­bris has since been cleared.

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