Penang residents told to be on alert over rising river waters

Penang residents told to be on alert over rising river waters
Flooding caused by hours of continuous rain in Penang.

GEORGE TOWN, Penang - Sungai Junjung has not burst its banks but its rising waters hit the danger level after several hours of rain.

According to the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) website, the water level of the river hit 3.48m at 9am yesterday in Simpang Empat but dropped to the alert level of 2.99m at 2pm.

The water level at Sungai Juru hit the alert level of 0.98 at 2am yesterday and remained almost the same throughout the day.

DID has asked residents staying near the rivers to be on the alert.

State Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the local councils and DID were closely monitoring the level of the state's rivers.

"The authorities are on stand-by for floods as we expect the heavy rains to continue until Wednesday."

State Barisan Nasional chairman Teng Chang Yeow said more areas in the state have been affected by flash floods over the last few years.

"This is a manifestation of uncontrolled development, overdevelopment and excessive hill cutting," he said in a statement yesterday.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng's political secretary Wong Hon Wai rebutted Teng, saying that the water level along Jalan Thean Teik and Lebuhraya Thean Teik had only risen by a few inches despite the downpour on Friday.

"The water level decreased quickly and did not enter houses or schools," Wong said in a statement.

Flash floods struck various parts of Penang following hours of continuous heavy rain from 6pm on Friday.

Among the areas flooded were Jalan Masjid Negri, Jalan Mount Erskine, Jalan Transfer, Jalan Gurdwara, Jalan Scotland, Jalan Air Itam, Jalan Datuk Keramat, Jalan Anson, Jalan P. Ramlee, Jalan Terengganu, Jalan Makloom, Jalan Hospital, Jalan Macallum, Pulau Tikus, Taman Hye Keat, Taman Lumba Kuda and Batu Uban.

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