‘George Town looked as if someone had poured teh tarik over it’

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That’s what a visiting friend of mine, a former Penang resident, remarked when he saw images of the flood in George Town.

Check out the difference in water quality of the flood waters that swamped George Town and mainland Penang last weekend:

The clip below shows aerial views of the flooding in Sungai Dua in Province Wellesley. The water doesn’t look so muddy to me.

Another video of the Sungai Dua floods:

There could have been some muddy spots on the mainland. But on the whole, which side do you think had more mud in the floods? Which side looked more like teh tarik? Mainland Penang or Penang Island?

And this is George Town after the floods:

Notice the difference in colour?

So where did all that mud come from? It is important to trace the sources.

Finally, what do you make of this (below)? Apparently, this was at Paya Terubong yesterday. Mud flows from the hill slopes. Where do you think the muddy water from this and other scarred hill slopes ends up?

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Jerome
Jerome
‘Sponge cities’ the solution to China’s flooding woes. http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/sponge-cities-the-solution-to-chinas-flooding-woes In a bid to solve the flooding problem, Chinese President Xi Jinping in December 2013 said cities should be built like “sponges” to soak up 70 per cent of rainwater. Concrete surfaces were to be replaced by permeable materials and green spaces such as rain gardens to absorb and filter rainfall. Drainage systems were to be rebuilt to separate wastewater from rainwater, and to be stored and re-used for cleaning the streets, watering plants and even firefighting. The initiative was inspired by green development concepts, such as low-impact development in the… Read more »
Jerome
Jerome
Penang residents affected by the November 4 and 5 storm can now apply to the state government for a one-off cash relief of RM700. Successful applicants will be paid on December 16. Applicants will be notified of the locations where the aid can be collected.They can also choose to have the money credited into their bank accounts. Those whose homes, business premises, cars, and motorcycles were damaged due to the storm, floods or fallen trees are eligible for aid. Online application on http://www.penangbangkit.com is strongly encouraged. The hard copy forms will be available starting tomorrow at the service centres of… Read more »
tunglang
tunglang
Penang state gomen is not rich. Is not kaya-raya like some Saudi-fund-enriched politicians. Is not irresponsible when it comes to state fund or public donations. Some money like Rm700 for every flood victim in Penang is very much welcomed. Better than zero from Putrefied Jaya. Keep up the good work despite all odds, CM Lim Guan Eng. You were at ground zero & you did what you promised. No self-poster photos attached to every aid unlike one opportunist with a low self-esteem in need of affirmation on a pillow! This we will remember when we are at polling stations comes… Read more »
Jerome
Jerome

Meteorological Services Department director-general Alui Bahari had reportedly said that the highest rainfall recorded in Penang was in 1995.

This contrasted with the state’s previous revelation that the Nov 5 mammoth flooding was triggered by the highest rainfall of 372mm. This figure, according to the state, was higher than the 270mm recorded following a 20-hour downpour which caused the Sept 15, 1995 floods.

http://m.thesundaily.my/node/504491

Who is right?
Penangites should be the judge, right?

Jerome
Jerome

With no Samy Vellu, Sg Siput folks complain of snail’s pace progress
https://m.malaysiakini.com/news/402493#Ku37yavPqHYbAHDB.99

Sg Siput folks now wish for more development (possibility of flooding not in their mind?) as 2-term PSM’s Dr D Michael Jeyakumar has brought little infrastructure change.

MIC will capitalise on this if there is a 3-cornered fight at Sg Siput?

Justine
Justine

Teh Tarik?

You expect crystal clear Avian water from Swiss Alps?

tunglang
tunglang
CM: Penang received least financial aid for flood victims Read more at https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/402355#ktoUVLvRQzQHWTFu.99 Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has asked Putrajaya to explain why it has provided the least financial aid to flood victims in Penang, compared to other states in the country. Lim said Putrajaya approved only RM35,500 for Penang, while Kelantan received the most at RM90.34 million. The data was provided by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Shahidan Kassim in a written parliamentary reply to Lim on Nov 6… My Observation: Dirty Politics of Aid, nothing less. You call this 1Malaysia? Nyiamak!!! My advice to Lim Guan… Read more »
KS
KS
Penang will seek the expertise of meteorological authorities from other countries to help it develop a comprehensive early weather warning system. CM Lim Guan Eng said the state Green Council, who has been entrusted with this task, plans to engage other meteorological authorities in the region so that it can come out with its module on how best to provide an early warning system. During the recent devastating floods, Lim had singled out the Malaysian Meteorological Services Department for their alleged lateness in issuing warnings to the people here about the impending torrential rainstorm. Lim mentioned this after China had… Read more »
Shriek
Shriek

Fmt again reported flood in new areas in changlun, kedah. Must be hillslope development and building highrises?
Strange fmt also report a 5.4 magnitude in South Korea. How can it happen when s. Korea is never a earthquake zone

is
is

Anything happens in penang can happen in other state and other country, and vice versa , be it good or bad, we all know that already, so what’s your point by keep bringing up other state and other country in this issue ? How’s that related to the issue at hand?

AJ
AJ

Other parts of Malaysia also got flooding, not just Penang.
KL got flood despite having smart tunnel.
But easy for BN to blame Penang development.
So I do not trust local mass media.

Shriek
Shriek

You always blame on development for flooding. Other parts no development also flood.

KS
KS

A fire tragedy at George Town after the recent flooding.

The family of Tanjung MCA Youth chief Lim Swee Bok were killed when a fire broke out at their house in Pintasan Cecil 5 in Weld Quay early Wednesday (Nov 15).

http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/11/15/eight-year-old-killed-in-weld-quay-house-fire/#ih41KFq06q63qGpU.99

Shriek
Shriek
See, I told pg forum so just like pg forum told hillslope development. Old houses and especially heritage houses are fire trap. Now we bring in many inflammable, combustible and smokey material into our dwellings. Further, we look and cage our doors and windows unlike in past they are not lock as we do not have bangla, Nepali or guest workers or interstate coming in and going out. So when investors renovate, they have to upgrade the fire protection requirements. Why not pg forum like hillside development cry put to the state to upgrade or provide means of escape? Rather… Read more »
KS
KS

Those old ‘cluster houses’ each has only one exit/entrance, no back door thus easily a fire trap like that burned tahfiz school? Old wiring may be fire hazard too. Penang Forum must engage Bomba to raise the alarm before more innocent lives are lost in the fire.

Shriek
Shriek

Fmt reported flash flood in HULU Langat a kampong in the ulu place and no development. Those give comments, please tell why flood can occur? HULU Langat is not low lying, near main range and no development.

Shriek
Shriek

Why water is of different colours? Even a child knows pg is mainly hilly in the interior. Excessive rainfall on steep slopes will flow very fast. Faster than horses and fastest man on earth and washes things down.
Where on mainland,the land is gentler and man can walk faster than water flowing down and hence less wash down. See the flood in Pasang and sg klang and sg perak

KS
KS

Another Geography lesson from Shriek.

tunglang
tunglang
Penang exco questions Kelab Putera 1Malaysia’s funding sources https://malaysia.yahoo.com/news/penang-exco-questions-kelab-putera-1malaysia-funding-sources-094600401.html GEORGE TOWN, Nov 13 — A Penang state executive councillor questioned today the funding sources of Kelab Putera 1Malaysia (KP1M) that came with trailer loads of disaster relief supplies three days after floods hit Penang. Dr Afif Bahardin, who is the state health, agriculture and agro-based industry committee chairman, said the non-governmental organisation (NGO) arrived with 10 large trailers of supplies such as mattresses and pillows emblazoned with pictures of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. “While I am not questioning their good intention in providing the supplies to the flood… Read more »
Jerome
Jerome
Penang received only RM35,500 flood relief aid since 2013 Among states hit by serious floods, Penang has received the least in cash aid from Putrajaya from 2013 to 2017. Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said out almost RM235 million spent in that period, Penang received only RM35,500 from the federal government following the September 15 flash floods. “The federal government spent RM234.9 million in cash aid to assist disaster victims. Penang (received) the least from that amount. “Either it was because Penang rarely had floods, or Penang is not given due attention by the federal government. It is up to… Read more »
Heng
Heng

The word Putra already tells you who are the targeted recipients.

May be Gelakan Jason Loo should also stage a protest?

AJ
AJ

1Malaysia is merely a logo and slogan, but in practice things are different.
So never trust Najib. What moderate Islam he is preaching when we are seeing extreme Islam…, and recognising Zakir and Zamihan!

tunglang
tunglang

Where is the sincerity of PM who sells 1Malaysia?
Or is it ‘1’ only for Malays??? One Bangsa???
Deeds in whatever showmanship indeed show the true colors of a person!

KS
KS

Penang CM Lim Guan Eng wants the federal government to explain why it can provide a financial aid of RM500 to Kelantan flood victims but not Penangites.

“How come Penang does not receive such assistance?

“We hope PM Najib Abdul Razak will sympathise with the problems and the suffering of the flood victims, as he had witnessed the situation himself on Nov 7, during his visit to Seberang Perai, Penang,” Lim said while wrapping up his speech on budget 2018 at the State Legislative Assembly today.

https://m.malaysiakini.com/news/401945#BBxmshoc23uxCEPc.99

tunglang
tunglang

Gelakan? Bo-hoot lah! Sama-sama previous Pg CM!

tunglang
tunglang
DAP-led government in denial of Federal help on flood victims https://malaysia.yahoo.com/news/dap-led-government-denial-federal-103909577.html GEORGE TOWN: The DAP-led Penang government in a state of denial, State opposition leader Datuk Jahara Hamid said. The Teluk Ayer Tawar assemblyman slammed the state government for ignoring the fact that the Federal government has been assisting victims since the major floods struck on Nov 4. “A number of trailer lorries came in for the past week, supplying food, clothings and even mattresses. “This is their (Penang government) politics…they are in denial about all the assistance given to the people by the Barisan Nasional led federal government. My… Read more »
Jerome
Jerome

Flood-damaged non-Islamic places of worship (Ribi) in Penang can apply for repair funding up to RM50,000 each from the state government.

Penang executive councillor Jagdeep Singh Deo announced today, adding that the fund currently has a balance of RM4.84 million.

“Ribi places damaged by the floods will be given priority under the state government’s Ribi Fund,” Jagdeep who also chairs the state Ribi fund told reporters after joining in a prayer session at the Sri Ayappan Siva Semajam Temple.

AJ
AJ

Good job!

KS
KS

Penang CM Lim Guan Eng today announced an increase in financial aid to victims of the recent floods which killed seven and displaced thousands, in the state.

He said the aid of RM700 – up RM200 from the previous RM500 – will benefit 100,000 flood victims, who are registered with the state government.

As of yesterday, the state received RM9.6 million in donations from various parties, and the amount was boosted with an RM350,000 donation from the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (Penang branch) today.

tunglang
tunglang

MBPP guys came to clean up the mud in the drains & lorongs of Jalan Trengganu but put these mud in plastic bags & left them in the lorongs. So, when will the trucks come to collect them before these mud bags turn smelly???

tunglang
tunglang

Developers in Penang should chip in.
They are the ones whose deeds have caused an increase in mud during the recent floods.
With so many foreign workers under them, why not form a collaboration of developers’ CSR effort & choose a Sunday to help clean up areas flooded recently?
Go to Jalan Trengganu, go to the backlanes & see for yourself the muddied walls & lorongs which to date are still not cleaned up by MBPP.

glissantia
glissantia

Well said. It is also happening in other countries.

Jerome
Jerome

BN must take the opportunity that God has sent in the form of floods to return to power in Penang, DPM Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today at the opening of the 46th Gerakan National Conference in Cheras.

“God has sent down his wrath upon those who have boasted that Penang is free of floods; but what has happened is that God is showing us that this is the best for us to take back Penang,” he said.

AJ
AJ

North east monsoon will hit the east coast soon.

Khun Pana
Khun Pana

A classical example of a politician making an unscientific claim .
A claim that cannot be proven coming from a Deputy Prime Minister.
Good read during the morning breakfast time.
Good to know that Malaysians are well taken care of by a government (and Gerakan) which have zero knowledge of science.
It does NOT help victims at all.

Wilson
Wilson

“What happened is a sign from God that this is the best time for us to retake the Penang government,” DPM said in his opening speech at the 46th Gerakan National Delegates’ Conference recently.

This is the most childish thing a senior minister could have said…more so a DPM. Are these people intelligent enough to say logical things. Common Mr. DPM please come out of this… mentality….

Going by the DPM’s theory, there are floods in Kedah, Perlis and Kelantan. So, is this a signal from god to Pakatan Harapan to take over these states???

tunglang
tunglang
The recent floods (2 that I can count) have taught us a lesson to live simple & less cluttered. When the floods came, many of the belongings (in use, abandoned, forgotten, in excess) were rendered useless, so you see why there were many thrashes on the roadsides. Things like sofas, TVs, racks, clothings, etc which were once a statement of our individualistic lifestyle or bin-chui to showcase became thrash & valueless. What a waste of money which could have been spent on more meaningful purposes. Ponder on this: if we have lived in simplicity with few clutters of things, comes… Read more »
Shriek
Shriek

Ah pek tunglang try most hard with your stupidest comment. No possession. Better no processions.

KS
KS

tunglang please “imagine no possesions”.

A sharing economy is an economic model in which individuals are able to borrow or rent assets owned by someone else. The sharing economy model is most likely to be used when the price of a particular asset is high and the asset is not fully utilized all the time.

No need to own a car, use Uber or Grab.
No need to buy CDs, use Spotify.

glissantia
glissantia

You are preaching heresy against the official religion of capitalism.

tunglang
tunglang

I am sharing good experience for the future.
The choice is yours.

tunglang
tunglang

See how the Japanese love, care, beautify & enjoy their forests of the Gods.
The beauty of art, digital tech + Nature.

Japan’s teamLab art collective lights up the forest
http://edition.cnn.com/style/article/on-japan-teamlab/index.html

glissantia
glissantia

Instead, they import hardwood from Australia, Sarawak, etc. for disposable items.

is
is

The state doesn’t see hillslope developments, coastal reclamations and high density housing projects as a problem that can cause flooding in penang, so it is unrealistic to expect such projects to stop no matter how much the public demand it . No amount of flood mitigation is going to help ease the floodings when the elements that have caused the floods are ignored by those in power.

Just buy a boat , and prepare to face more floodings in the future.

Shriek
Shriek

As long as there is a climate, rainfall will be excess. The excess rainfall will result in overflow of water in the longkang and overflow of water into surrounding land. If flow of water is slow, erosion will not occur. If the flow of water is fast, soil erosion will occurs. This is not rocket science.

KS
KS

Current school curriculum lacks Geography lessons. Last time we learned via Ilmu Alam, but now focus is on Ilmu Agama, so certain people tend to attribute flooding to the Act of God.

is
is

Why not just build boat or raft houses instead in penang and kelantan, park on land during dry season and only float during rainy seasons when floodings occur.

Shriek
Shriek

Then live on tree tops. What is wrong with high rise. China with vast land mass, still building highrise. You want single storey houses? Then more land is required. In many places, dead ashes are also in multi highrise pigeon holes. Many places no more burial. Burial means more land needed and more development into yards.

is
is

Are more high rise buildings on par with the 70’s style drainage system in the state right now? Boat houses are more suitable which are less density meaning less waste produced, more suited with the shallowness of the drains and the rivers in the state .

Shriek
Shriek

Rise rise building or flats not good enough?

Muttaqin Othman

More concrete and asphalt will mean faster runoffs and floods!

Frank Tan

It’s time to wake up and heed climate change. Strike the root cause and not treating the symptoms.

Shriek
Shriek

Stop driving, use less electricity, no air conditioning at homes, instead of going to belum or blow water and lim kopi gotong royong and plant more trees, grass or shrubs

Shriek
Shriek

Of course, I am stupid when you are toying with your 4 wds and apple computer.

tunglang
tunglang

Stupidity of comment!
Pls try harder, zoro!!!
Shrieking don’t work except for Pontianak!!!

Khun Pana
Khun Pana
OTOH the “teh tarek” is Malaysia’s public fav drink. While “Kopi-O” refers to another meaning. There were reports that a water dam broke . However, it was scantly reported . Or did the feds tried to hush the news of it? Refer-http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/broken-dam-contributed-to-penang-floods-says-minister … unfair to blame this flood on Lim .And it is not even a full 2 term since Pakatan took over. Everyday we gets to read various statements by really low IQ ministers/politicians who tried to blame others. It is even more silly to blame alcohol , gambling , mini skirts etc. (or “maksiat” as they called it… Read more »
Khun Pana
Khun Pana
From https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/11/07/bulging-rivers-add-to-flood-misery-two-more-warnings-issued-as-penangites-struggle-to-cope/ ” Lim also showed, from his handphone, videos of the broken bunds where rivers were flowing out and stressed that they were not broken dams or reservoirs. Since Sunday, such videos have been making their rounds with claims that a reservoir on the Penang mainland had broken. “Don’t scare people. If a reservoir broke, the floods will be much worse,” Lim said.” At first , a Federal Minister from BN claimed something else. And now the Chief Minister have to make clarifications. And btw, the popular claim that over development lead to flooding. How to explain the annual… Read more »
Justine
Justine
To get to the point, the non Malays are where we are now because MCA, MIC, PPP etc leaders have FAILED to stand up against UMNO bullying for 50 years. That is why we are discriminated against in this legalised apartheid country where all the efforts and contribution of our ancestors have been totally ignored, and the taxes we are paying today are being wasted on BTN, JAKIM, etc so UMNO can remain in power. Mdm Tan Lian Hoe of Gerakan, pity that you are calling DAP “running …” without understanding it’s meaning, making a fool of yourself! “Running …”… Read more »
Shriek
Shriek

People want jobs, factories, commercial shops, food court, pasar malam, hyper market, farmers want more land to grow, rearers want to rear chooks, efficient system to bring down price and more people have a chance to eat. Pg lang chop trees plant durian. People want a better life style. Or show yourself a monk?

is
is
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2015/01/04/shahidan-says-uncontrolled-logging-in-kelantan-the-cause-of-flooding/ Uncontrolled logging is the main cause of the massive flooding in Kelantan, according to Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim, minister in the Prime Minister’s Department. He called for urgent large-scale replanting of trees in deforested areas. “At the moment, flood-mitigation projects cannot solve the problem but we need to carry out reforestation in the areas involved,” he said. “In Kelantan, the way they’re cutting down the forest trees, it is as though the state has no law, while the department which should be looking after the forests, has not taken action.” Rapid deforestration in kelantan and rapid development in penang… Read more »
is
is

If kedah dam were broken that day, why was it no massive flooding in kedah since the dam is located in kedah so the water cannot simply fly over kedah to land solely in penang to cause massive flooding there and not in kedah .

Not yet two term already massive flooding due to overdevelopment, imagine what more term will do to the tiny island in the future .

Shriek
Shriek

Why not you study hydrology and flood modelling? If so easy, uncle Sam will not required Corp of engineers to control flooding in mississippi river. Every rain data is collected and statistic are used to compute the probabilies. Otherwise any ah tan, amir and mutu can comment

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