Road collapse not due to pipe-laying
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.