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BALIK PULAU (Penang) – Flash floods struck more than 100 houses in the Teluk Bahang state constituency here today following heavy rain that lasted for four hours.
The affected areas were Teluk Bahang, Kuala Sungai Pinang, Bukit Kecil, Sungai Pinang, Kampung Nelayan and Teluk Awak. The floodwaters rose up to 0.5 metres in some of the houses.
The floodwaters receded at about 8 am after the rain stopped.
Teluk Bahang state assemblyman Datuk Shah Headan Ayoob Hussain Shah said he was informed by the residents that the floods struck at about 5 am following heavy rain.
However, no one was evacuated, he said.
“I visited the flood-hit residents. Two houses in Kuala Sungai Pinang had damaged roofs due to the storm and uprooted trees. We will provide immediate assistance to repair the damage,” he said to Bernama.
A resident of Kampung Nelayan, Mohd Azhar Ismail, 42, said the floods struck at about 5 am. He said he and his wife started to move electrical items to higher ground.
The rain also caused traffic congestion in several areas in Penang, including the Penang Bridge, Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway, Bayan Lepas, Bayan Baru and George Town.
Meanwhile, in Pulau Mertajam, Penaga, flash floods hit 32 houses at about 4 am following heavy rain from about midnight. No one was evacuated.
Penaga state assemblyman Datuk Mohd Zain Ahmad visited the victims. – BERNAMA
MELAKA – The number of flood evacuees in Melaka dropped further, to 67 this morning from 71 overnight.
Head of the State Flood Management Committee Secretariat Lt Col (PA) Effendy Ali said only three relief centres remained open as at 9 am today, two of them in Jasin district with 49 evacuees at Sekolah Tehel and eight evacuees at the Seri Mendapat community hall.
“The other centre, in the Alor Gajah district, has 10 evacuees,” he told reporters.
He said the three areas still affected by the floods were Kampung Tehel and Kampung Tersusun Seri Mendapat in Jasin and Kampung Seri Jeram in Alor Gajah. – BERNAMA
BALING – More than 1,000 residents from 51 houses involving five villages were affected by flash flood for the second time within three days in the district.
Baling District Social Welfare officer, Shamsul Izrin Isahak said heavy rain since yesterday evening caused rising water level in several rivers in the affected area.
“However as of 6.30 am today, the situation has improved and the residents who temporarily moved to higher grounds, have returned home and cleaned their houses on a gotong royong basis.
“ No flood relief centre was officially open while the affected residents have received preliminary assistance from the various parties, including the Baling Member of Parliament Office, firemen, police and APM,” he said when contacted by Bernama.
Among the affected villages are Kampung Sri Keteng, Kampung Batu 60, Kampung Bukit Sebelah, Kampung Baru and Kampung Lalang. – BERNAMA
BALING – A total of 300 residents from 23 villages in Baling district were affected by flash flood due to the rising water level at Sungai Ketil following heavy rain since yesterday afternoon.
Baling district Welfare officer Shamsul Izrin Isahak said the affected 148 houses near the river bank were in Kampung Bongor, Kampung Banggol Lahar, Kampung Bendang Sera and Kampung Banggol Lada, among others.
“However the situation improved by 11 am today while the flood victims have began cleaning their houses in view of the sunny weather,” he told Bernama here today.
Shamsul Izrin said no relief centres were open but several families were moved temporarily to higher grounds until the flood water receded.
Food aid was also distributed to the victims by the Baling Member of Parliament Office since this morning, he added. – BERNAMA
GEORGE TOWN – The flash flood which struck Lebuhraya Thean Teik here last Saturday was due to the nearby retention pond which is badly maintained.
State local government, traffic management and flood mitigation committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the state government’s engineers had identified the cause to be the retention pond in Taman Impian, which caused water to overflowi to the road in Lebuhraya Thean Teik following heavy downpour.
“There is a retention pond within the area…maybe, maintenance has become an issue. If it is not maintained properly over time, siltation takes place and then the capacity of the retention pond will be reduced and once that happens, it cannot carry a whole load, I mean the volume of water, and it will spill out,” he told reporters after visiting Batu Lanchang Market, here today.
Several areas in the state were hit by flash flood after an hour of continuous rain last Saturday (May 13). Among the affected areas were Jalan P. Ramlee, Jalan Pahang, Jalan Langkawi, Kampung Dodol, Bagan Jermal, Tanjung Tokong and Lebuhraya Thean Teik.
Within an hour of rain, a 60m stretch in front of a hypermarket along Lebuhraya Thean Teik became flooded and caused a traffic jam along the three-lane road.
Meanwhile, Penang Island City Council (MBPP) secretary Yew Tung Seang said 30 stalls were affected during the repair works involving several columns which were cracked in the Batu Lanchang Market.
He said the cracks were critical especially at two of the columns, adding that immediate action was taken by urging operators of all the 30 stalls to move out to prevent untoward incidents.
Yew said the affected stalls would be relocated to a temporary site, pending completion of repair works to the columns. – BERNAMA
MELAKA – A total of 167 flood evacuees from 16 families in Alor Gajah near here have returned home as at noon today.
Melaka state disaster management committee secretariat Lt Col (PA) Effendy Ali said another 43 victims from 14 families still remained at the Taman Seri Bayu 2 Reading Room relief centre in Rembia near here.
He said the Sekolah Kebangsaan Sungai Petai relief centre in Rembia was closed at 9.30am while the relief centres at Durian Tunggal – Kampung Panchor Mosque and Kampung Panchor Community Hall – were closed at 10am.
“At present only one relief centre in Rembia is still operating,” he said in a statement here.
He said the flood was believed to be due to heavy rain since yesterday morning. – BERNAMA
Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki
PASIR PUTEH – The Kelantan government has been urged to work together with the federal government to address the flash floods in the state.
Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Senator Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki said most of the flash floods were due to an inefficient drainage system.
“Clogged drains cannot handle the high volume of water during heavy rainfall,” he told reporters during a visit to SK Pasir Puteh (P) here, today.
Ashraf Wajdi said the federal government was always ready to assist the Kelantan government although the state is ruled by the Opposition. – BERNAMA