Flash flood havoc again

> Con­tin­u­ous rain brings more woes to Pe­nang, Perak res­i­dents


GE­ORGE TOWN: Sev­eral ar­eas in Pe­nang were hit by flash floods just af­ter mid­night yes­ter­day fol­low­ing hours of con­tin­u­ous rain.

Among the ar­eas af­fected were Jalan P. Ram­lee on the is­land and Per­matang Pauh on the main­land af­ter Sun­gai Perai there burst its banks.

How­ever, res­i­dents around Jalan P. Ram­lee, who have faced flood is­sues for decades, were thank­ful as the wa­ter did not en­ter their homes this time.

Kam­pung Ke­bun Lama res­i­dent Amir Os­man, 39, said the rain started at about 11.30pm and lasted a few hours.

Salamiah Hakim, 50, also ex­pressed re­lief that noth­ing un­to­ward hap­pened.

In PER­MATANG PAUH, the exit at the Sun­gai Dua toll plaza, which was closed to traf­fic af­ter flood wa­ters in­un­dated a stretch of the road there at about 8.30am yes­ter­day, was re­opened at 11.15am.

Posts on so­cial me­dia also showed that Mak Mandin, Ta­man Ba­gan, Jalan Raja Uda and Am­pang Ja­jar were af­fected as well.

Pe­nang has been in the spot­light af­ter flash floods had wreaked havoc four times since Deep­avali last month.

The state government has de­nied claims that the floods were caused by over de­vel­op­ment in the state.

In a re­lated de­vel­op­ment, State Hous­ing, Town and Coun­try Plan­ning Com­mit­tee chair­man Jagdeep Singh pro­posed a tidal gate be built at the mouth of Sun­gai Pi­nang, which flows into the sea.

The river is within his con­stituency of Datuk Kera­mat and he rea­soned that the tidal gate could help mit­i­gate flood­ing in the area as the gate could be closed dur­ing high tide. He said floods were worse dur­ing high tides as sea­wa­ter flowed back into Sun­gai Pi­nang, a ma­jor river in Pe­nang, dur­ing heavy rain.

In IPOH, heavy rain last Satur­day caused flash floods in sev­eral ar­eas in Gerik, Leng­gong, and Batu Ga­jah in Perak, but no evac­u­a­tion or­ders were given.

The af­fected ar­eas were Kam­pung Air Suda, Kam­pung Ra­masamy, Kam­pung Padang, Jalan Takong Da­tok, the mar­ket in Gerik, Kam­pung Beng in Leng­gong and Batu 3 of Jalan Tan­jung Tualang in Batu Ga­jah, ac­cord­ing to a Perak Fire and Res­cue De­part­ment spokesman. He said flood wa­ters rose to 1.2m in the five ar­eas in Gerik.

“One per­son, who was trapped in the floods at the mar­ket, was res­cued by boat,” he told Ber­nama.

A res­i­dent stand­ing in chest-deep flood wa­ters in­side her home in Gerik, Perak.

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