Saturday, 6 April 2013

George Town flooding 'worst in five years'

The flash flooding in George Town is the worst in five years, according to Datuk Keramat state assemblyman Jagdeep Singh Deo.

"In just three hours, the rainfall has measured up to 168mm, approximately half the monthly figure," Jagdeep told a press conference at his service centre in Jalan Datuk Keramat.

He added that Sungai Pinang was the worst hit area.

Penang state exco Phee Boon Poh said that he will distribute 2,500 packets of food to the affected residents.

"The flash flood is clearly due to the heavy downpour as the heavily affected areas like Jalan P. Ramlee and Sungai Pinang were submerged in water and no rubbish was sighted."

Sungai Pinang exceeded its danger level of 2.7m, now measuring at 3.19m.

He added that there was no flood in Butterworth.

This is our first assignment as the caretaker government and a team of us are on the ground to reach out to the people," said Phee, who is the Penang Health, Welfare, Caring Society and Environmental Committee chairman.

The rain in Penang is still pouring but at a slower rate. Some of the floodwater is beginning to subside.


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