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Poor drainage contributes to major flood in Penang

Soldiers helping Penang residents  to evacuate during the flood

Soldiers helping Penang residents to evacuate during the flood

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GEORGE TOWN, Nov 5 2017 : The Penang government today conceded that the floods currently affecting more than 100 areas in five districts in the state since yesterday is due to its poor drainage system.

State Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow admitted that the existing drainage system could not accommodate the huge flow of water during heavy rain.

The extra-ordinary heavy rain since 2 pm yesterday, which coincided with the peak of the high tide phenomenon, also contributed to the flash floods, he told reporters here today.

He said heavy rainfall was recorded, with the highest at Seberang Perai Utara, at 372 millimetre (mm), followed by Seberang Perai Tengah (327 mm), Timur Laut (289 mm), Barat Daya (237 mm) and Seberang Perai Selatan (165 mm).

Almost all of Penang island was hit by flood following yesterday’s heavy rain, he said, adding that there were 75 reports of falling trees and eight reports on landslides.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the state government did not have adequate resources, in terms of manpower and equipment, to handle the floods in Penang and expressed gratitude to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi for the assistance rendered.

Lim said he called the deputy prime minister at 3.30 am and the latter immediately sent members of the Malaysian Armed Forces to Penang to help.

However, Lim said the state government had no intention of declaring an emergency in the state because of the flood as the situation was still under control.

“We will work with the federal government to review the existing standard operating procedures (SOP)on handling of state disaster for a more effective coordination,” he added.

As at 2 pm today, 51 evacuation centres have been opened in Penang to accommodate 2,861 flood victims in five districts.

Gale-force winds and heavy rain lashed the north-western coast of the peninsula since yesterday, causing severe floods in Penang, Kedah and Perak.

Penang took the brunt of the bad weather bad weather, and suffered three dead and almost 3,000 evacuated, damage to buildings, uprooted trees and flooded homes.

In Kedah, 1,906 victims from 529 families were moved to safe areas as of 4pm, while Perak saw 103 people from 21 families moved to shelters in Perak Tengah. – Bernama

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