Penangites woke up this morning to a deluge of images of flash floods around the state which will surely haunt those who have approved developments projects that have concretised much of the state including its hill-slopes.
Heavy rains began early this morning and many Penangites were unable to get to work. Muddy water gushed down hill-slopes, turning hill-sides into scary brown waterfalls. This storm comes a couple of days after a similar one hit parts of the Klang Valley a couple of days ago.
See what happens when property development projects are approved haphazardly, hill-slopes degraded, and concrete and tar are poured all over, reducing the capacity of ground absorption of rain water. See what happens when we don’t have a proper Local Plan?
Until now, the authorities had ridden their luck. But today’s floods have laid everything bare for all to see. The chickens have come home to roost.
And matters can only get worse with climate change as rainfalls increase in intensity and frequency. Even the heavily built up Spice convention centre area, the state government’s pet project, has been affected.
And they are still insisting on a RM1bn ‘paired road’ up on the hills from Teluk Bahang to Tanjong Tokong and the RM8bn six-lane Pan Island Link that will hug the eastern hill-slopes from the north to the south of the island … Seriously?
Blog visitor tunglang reports at 11.36am:
As at this time of writing, the flood waters have not receded after some 4.5 hours of flooding in various places of Penang. This is unprecedented!
With the massive, feverish, uncontrolled cutting of hills in Paya Terubong just for a hill road, we don’t need brains to think where the muddy water was supposed to come from to flood the places esp All Seasons and Masjid Negeri.
At this time of writing, no vehicle traffic can cross the floods in front of Masjid Negeri, P Ramlee and All Seasons.
Wish I still had my LandCruiser2 which could cross four feet of water.
I think you might need a boat at this rate!
As an environmentalist pointed out, the root causes of these floods are:
– poor land-use planning;
– irresponsible EIAs that biased towards developers;
– poor drainage infrastructure to support high density development; and
– development without proper planning.
PARAS AIR DI SUNGAI TELAH MELEBIHI PARAS BAHAYA (KEMAKINI 9.30am)
Hujan lebat and paras air telah naik di beberapa kawasan di Pulau Pinang.
KEMASKINI SETAKAT 8.50am, kawasan yg telah dikenalpasti:-
Sila laporkan kawasan-kawasan yang banjir :-
1. Kampung Masjid
2. Kampung Makam
3. Jln P. Ramlee, Sungai Pinang
4. Kampung Mutiara, Batu Feringghi
5. Jalan Langkawi
6. Jalan Kebun Lama
7. Masjid Negeri, Ayer Item
8. Kampung Masjid Hashim Yahya
9. Parit Lumba Kuda
10. Jln Thean Teik, Farlim
11. Logan Rd
12. Bayan Baru
13. P.Ramlee Rd
14. Jln Residensi
15. Han Chiang
17. Giant Bayan Baru
18. Jln Luar Elit Avenue Heights
19. Lentang Pondok Upeh, Balik P.
20. Jln Bukit Lama
21. Bukit Baru Batu
22. All Season, Farlim
23. Reservoir Garden
24. Depan SMK Raja Tun Uda
25. Sg Ara depan Stesen Petronas
26. Jln Dato Kramat (Sekolah Convent)
27. Jln Paya Terubong (berdekatan Suria Vista)
28. Lebuh Rambai
29. Jln Magazine
30. Jln Tun Dr Awang
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