Social media users are reporting that the flash floods that hit Teluk Kumbar in southern Penang island this morning are unprecedented.
Heavy rain lashed several parts of the state since dawn. Weather forecasts suggest more thunderstorms are in store in the coming week.
Looking at the map below, you can see that some hill land in the Teluk Kumbar area appears to have been cleared.
Who is responsible for monitoring the integrity of such hill-slopes and the impact of the clearing? If there has been approval for projects, it comes under MPPP. As for monitoring illegal hill-cutting or clearing, I understand it comes under the jurisdiction of the District Office under the state government.
Balik Pulau too was not spared.
For the first time teluk kumbar banjir.
— Afifah. (@afifahrodzi) October 13, 2013
YaAllah , first time TELUK KUMBAR banjir . Tak penah penah . Flat perda lagi laa , air naik habis !
— Δrai ♥ (@DoraemonPendeks) October 13, 2013
First time najir kat Teluk Kumbar , spanjang aq hidup tak pnah plak dgq bnjir 😛
— Chin (@FirdausChinn) October 13, 2013
Expect to see more such images in coming years with climate change and unchecked property development.