Howling winds, floods haunt Penangites as rain lashes through the night

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Barely a week after Penang Forum 8’s Dialogue on Floods, prolonged heavy rain is lashing the state, inundating several streets.

The freakish winds are so strong that one resident in a high-rise tower said her apartment was swamped with sheets of water penetrating through the windows. “I have removed half a dozen pails of water so far.” Hard to imagine.

Blog visitor Ain writes:

1.40am….. I can’t sleep, friends on whatsapp telling their houses flooded, roof wind angkat, they can’t sleep fear water may rise, fear strong wind….

I’m not going to be heran anymore, if the whole island is gonna be flooded pretty soon, and that’s gonna be the new norm – water elevation.

I’m not going to be heran if hail drops followed by tornadoes here.

Places never flooded before are now flooding.
Places that have stopped flooding are now flooding.
Climate change. Bukit botak. Low pressure. What else? Island tilting/sinking?

Change diet also can’t help, more terok, when someone loves Botaking the hills non stop.

We Penangites need to address this seriously.

Areas affected by floods are P Ramlee Road, Kimberly Street, Mcnair Street, Pesara King Edward, Carnavon Street, Melayu Street, Petani Road, Paya Terubong… heck, you add to the list.

Blog visitor tunglang reports:

Taman Lumba Kuda also flooded. Passed by the Jalan Air Itam/Taman Lumba Kuda junction at 5.10pm, saw Rela guys blocking entry, many cars parking along the service road in front of Petron Station. A bit further down, the Sungai Air Hitam river water was almost breaking its river bank; the same opposite at Masjid Negeri. Less than 10 feet before flooding the main road.

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Seeing the angry river flowing with such might and torrent, I would never want to jump in for a swim. Sungai Air Hitam should be renamed as Sungai Milo Susu Kau Kau!

Went to Trengganu Road (section from smallest roundabout till Jalan Air Itam), but saw no flood!

A video circulating around shows flooded streets around the heavily built up Spice Convention Centre.

On the mainland, parts of Prai, Bukit Tengah, are Raja Uda are among the areas swamped. One resident of Chai Leng Park reports that the water level at the back of his house is rising. “The wind is howling, and the streets are covered with water.”

So how many months of rainfall is it in a single day? Can anyone – apart from Trump – doubt that climate change is upon us?

The federal government should give Penang whatever is due for flood mitigation. It would be scandalous to withhold any funds.

But flood mitigation projects are just remedial measures and can only go so far.

Over-development (unsustainable development) and hill-slope degradation only makes things worse. Can you imagine – the state government has increased the maximum density allowed more than four-fold in the last decade – from 30 homes per acre to 128 homes per care last year (180 homes per acre for low-cost homes). This blog tried hard over the last decade to warn that we should go easy with rampant property development and hill-clearing.  Penang Forum tried too. To no avail.

What happened to our Penang Island Local Plan, which was approved by the full council of the MPPP in early 2008 under the previous BN administration and then approved later that year (with minimal changes) by the MPPP under the new Pakatan administration? Why was it never put up on public display for feedback and then gazetted? Who held it back?

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Has the Penang Structure Plan, now being reviewed, taken into account climate change? If not, it should be sent back to the drawing board. Seriously.

How about checking out this Aliran talk on Climate Change on Tuesday, 21 November?

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tunglang
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tunglang
Sleepless Saturday + Sunday. The howling started around 10pm Saturday. Sliding glass door panes were vibrating to the unearthly howling of angry winds, as if some unseen entities were just outside my balcony trying to get in. The behaviour & intensity of howling wind seemed intelligent, trying to manipulate our fear of the unknown Nature. Throwing rain intermittently added to our anxiety of another flood. It seemed like long hours. At 2am Sunday, I was alerted by my daughter of flood water coming into gate at security guard post. Surreal? It never happened before! And I could see Lebuhraya Thean… Read more »
smh
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See how arrogant lge ..ppl oppose beer fest are pelampau!!!

smh
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Sorry for penangites. Reminder to cm not to be arrogant. He can ctrl certain part of penang affair only.… https://t.co/3e4d2OveA8

tunglang
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tunglang

Anil, truly a sleepless night>early morning in Penang!
My instinctive hunch (looking at Paya Terubong botak hill slopes) a week ago was not an imagination.
Hope everyone is safe.

tunglang
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tunglang

2.00am Sunday.
Road at side of ECONSAVE (Lone Pine Condominium) is now flooded. Lebuhraya Thean Teik (in front of McDonald) also flooded. Never in the history of Paya Terubong has this happened!
Sleepless night indeed!

Ain
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Ain

I think 2.41am gonna be high tide. Siap.

tunglang
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tunglang

High tide + relentless rain = unimaginable floods in Penang.
Goddess Kuan Yin, pls be merciful!

Ain
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Ain
1.40am….. I can’t sleep, friends on whatsapp telling their house flooded, roof wind angkat, they can’t sleep fear water may rise, fear strong wind…. I m not going to be heran anymore, if the whole island gonna be flooded pretty soon, and that’s gonna be the new norm water elevation. I m not going to heran if hails drop n follow by tornadoes here. Places never flood before now flood. Places stopped flooding now flood. Climate change. Bukit botak. Low Pressure. What else? Island tilting / sinking? Change diet also can’t help, more terok, when someone loves Botaking the hills… Read more »
Shriek
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Shriek

If cm pray not enough, pm will stop it?

tunglang
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tunglang

11.50pm Saturday night.
Howling, freaking winds. Window glass panes shaking in terror. Birds in trees crying for mercy.
Howling like crying ghosts never heard before. Is it not Nature lashing back?
And the rain keeps falling with the speeding winds.

Now, this is making us Penangites sleepless tonight!
More potent than Kopi-O kau kau!

Eric Kuek
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Wonder Woman
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Can anyone confirm whether there is flood at Jalan Pinhorn? Need to go for my Lasik appointment

Ooi Chwee Hoon
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Please correct me if I am wrong.I vaguely remember reading that the Federal government had allocated to Penang RM 150 million in 2017 for flood control. And I also remember reading that only RM1 million has been released for the studies on flood control and the balance has been withheld or there is a purposeful delay in disbursement. Is this the Federal government’s way of punishing Penang???

Davis Tan
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How about MPSP way punishing Penangite? Why they holding fund should giving to DID? Solve this first. GEORGE TOWN: The Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) has been told to hand over funds collected from developers to the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) promptly, to facilitate the smooth implementation of flood mitigation and drainage projects. State Local Government Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said MPSP has been directed to hand over the accumulated funds to the DID before the end of this year. He said MPSP had also been ordered to hand over the funds collected currently to the DID,… Read more »
tunglang
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tunglang

All CAT Aduns will have sleepless night tonight!
YB Yeoh Soon Hin (ADUN Paya Terubong) is advised to camp out for a stake-out of Bukit Kukus botak hill slopes which look dangerously slippery & unstable. This is my bit of sharing my instinct of foreboding for this Botak-ed Bukit Kukus.

Eric Kuek
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Eric Kuek

Several areas in Butterworth also hit by flood, despite no hill cutting.

At least 17 houses in several villages including Kampung Permatang Rawa, Kampung Benggali, Kampung Simpah, Kampung Ooi Leng Hooi and Kampung Padang Lalang were flooded in knee-deep waters after levels rose between 100mm and 300mm.

Taman Senangin, Taman Kepar, Taman Bagan, Taman Cantik and Kampung Ooi Leng Hooi were also struck with 300mm deep water, while three houses in Kampung Benggali, Butterworth were also affected by the floods.

http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/11/04/floods-hit-lowlying-areas-in-penang-after-nonstop-rain/#D3vrLHyw0qQsP8Xe.99

Shriek
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Shriek

Why don’t stay in mainland. Why continue to buy houses in island?

tunglang
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tunglang
Taman Lumba Kuda also flooded. Passed by the Jalan Air Itam + Taman Lumba Kuda junction @ 5.10pm, saw Rela guys blocking entry, many cars parking along the service road in front of Petron Station. A bit further down, the Sungai Air Hitam river water was almost breaking its river bank, the same opposite at Masjid Negeri. Less than 10ft before flooding the main road. Seeing the angry river flowing with such might & torrent, I would never want to jump in for a swim. Sungai Air Hitam should be renamed as Sungai Milo Susu Kau Kau! Went to Trengganu… Read more »
Frank Tan
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Change our diet change our health change the environment. Love our cells love the earth https://youtu.be/2bvoJAfjWMM

Peter Lim Swee Aik
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My elderly friend’s house in Balik Pulau also starts flooding now… water going into the bedroom

PolitiScheiss (a.k.a. IT.Scheiss)
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PolitiScheiss (a.k.a. IT.Scheiss)

Similar flash floods happen elsewhere in Malaysia too, much of it due to ‘development’, bad urban planning and bad maintenance of drainage and bad habits of people who throw rubbish into drains.

The way I see it, whether it’s Pakatan, BN or some other party in running a state or the country, they all are the same … in different bottles.

Eric Kuek
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Eric Kuek

It is a ‘new normal’.

Ah Peks (our honorable senior citizens) can tell us that it never rain so hard for long duration in the past.

Shriek
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Shriek

Rather than to say no, ah pek better keep his mouth.

PolitiScheiss (a.k.a. IT.Scheiss)
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PolitiScheiss (a.k.a. IT.Scheiss)
Global climate change may be partly responsible in the bigger picture but at the local level, massive development which has turned our cities and towns into concrete jungles coupled with the paving over of ground with asphalt is responsible too. I remember back in the 1960s where there was dew on the grass in the morning in the middle of Kuala Lumpur but tat has no longer been so for the past 30 years. I remember in the 1960s when mist would roll in but in the past 30 years it has been smoky haze. I remember in the 1960s… Read more »
The Noble Messenger
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Flood again? Lol

Eric Kuek
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Eric Kuek

Not a Lol matter, have empathy towards those affected.