“One month’s rainfall in two hours” – where have we heard that before?. Yes, we heard something similar in the wake of the heavy downpours on 15 September 2017 and 4 November 2017. Back then, I wrote we should get used to it, with climate change looming and rainfall intensity rising.
This time, not only did we see scary gushing ‘waterfalls’ on the hill slopes overlooking Chee Seng Garden in Tanjung Bungah, but floods even struck in Batu Ferringhi yesterday. Batu Ferringhi? I can’t remember the last time it flooded there. Thank goodness there were no fatalities. But what a mess for those whose homes were swamped. Check out Andrew Ng’s video (above), which has documented what happened yesterday for future generations.
Recall how the density of property development has soared in Batu Ferringhi beyond what previous plans had advocated. In 2014, I asked how were permissible building densities in Batu Ferringhi increased from 15 units per acre to 30 units per acre.
In Tanjung Bungah, we have often wondered what on earth is going on with all the gaping wounds and sudden waterfalls on the hill there. And to think that it is on these sensitive hill slopes that they want to build the controversial Tanjung Bungah to Teluk Bahang “paired road”. Good luck, folks.
So apart from climate change, are we now paying the price of the uncontrolled ‘development’ frenzy? (How many of these new homes built remain unoccupied?)
Are the chickens now coming home to roost?