The Penang state government should take serious measures in solving the drainage woes in Balik Pulau involving three villages urged Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP).
Its president S.M Mohamed Idris said around 200 people living in Kampung Kuala Jalan Baru, Kampung Sungai Rusa and Kampung Permatang Pasir are affected every time after heavy downpour.
“The Penang state government and the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) must take urgent action to resolve the issue.
“Floods occur frequently due to poor drainage system which had caused water from rivers and ditches to overflow and flood their homes.
“Due to flash floods, local residents’ plants and vegetable gardens were also damaged,” he said when contacted today.
CAP’s field survey found that the river is overgrown with thick grass and littered with rubbish and the shallow drainage system due to sedimentation contributes to the cause of flash floods around the villages in Balik Pulau.
“Bunds that are built too low allow river water to overflow and flood the village area and farms.
“We are disappointed that this over-pending flood problem still persists till today,” he added.
Clean, deepen the drains and rivers.
Idris said the authorities should ensure the drains and rivers in the affected areas are cleaned and deepened to make way for water to flow smoothly.
“The low bunds or embankments must be built higher to avoid overflow into villages and nearby farms.
“If swift action is not taken by the state authorities, there will be worst impacts surrounding the area,” he said.
Idris suggested that the state government and local authorities should undertake a comprehensive study to identify the flash flood cause in Penang.