Saturday October 13, 2012
Penangites not leaving anything to chance this time
By TAN SIN CHOW and HAN KAR KAY
GEORGE TOWN: The last time floods hit Penang during Hari Raya Aidilfitri, housewife Hanim Morad, 35, saw her microwave oven, television set and refrigerator being washed away by the gushing water.
It was the third time this year that her house was inundated with water reaching waist level.
Hanim vowed not to be caught off-guard again and is prepared for the coming monsoon.
“Now, we are all packed and ready to move whenever there is a downpour,” she said.
Pensioner Abdul Hamid Abdul Karim from Lintang P. Ramlee said he had stored his valuables on a makeshift storage area.
“My house has been flooded five times this year,” he said. “The worst was when the water level reached about 1.5m. My television set and DVD players were gone.”
“This time, I have kept all my important documents in a bag. I will leave the house with my grandchildren if the situation gets worse,” he added.
Housewife Siti Baidah Mohd Hashim, 62, said she had placed her refrigerator and washing machine on a table in case it flooded.
Describing the flood problem in Jalan Rawang as a “perennial issue”, she said she was now more prepared.
“I have placed my belongings on top of an old double-decker bed after losing a washing machine the last time,” she said yesterday.
Datuk Keramat assemblyman Jagdeep Singh Deo said preparations for possible heavy flooding “were in full swing” with the state Department of Irrigation and Drainage scheduled to clean up Sungai Pinang twice monthly.
“More than half of the 223 individuals in the area have been relocated to higher ground,” he said.