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Clogged drainage system is the cause of floods in Penang says Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP). Pix courtesy of CAP.
Clogged drainage system is the cause of floods in Penang says Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP). Pix courtesy of CAP.

BALIK PULAU: Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) has urged authorities to conduct a comprehensive study to identify the exact cause of flooding in several areas in Balik Pulau.

Its president S.M. Mohamed Idris said clogged drainage system has contributed to at least three villages near here to experience frequent floods and the problem was glaring around the vicinity of Kuala Jalan Baru which had to bore the brunt of the predicament.

"Floods occur frequently due to drainage system's failure that causes water from nearby rivers and ditches to overflow the area.

"Several houses, plants and vegetable gardens cultivated by local residents have also been damaged," he said in a statement today.

Idris said CAP's field survey found that the riverbank was overgrown with thick grass and littered with rubbish.

"The shallow drainage system due to sedimentation contributes to the cause of the floods here.

"Bunds that are low make things easier for river water to overflow and enter the village area and farms," he said.

The other two villages that have been affected by floods are Kampung Sungai Rusa and Kampung Permatang Pasir.

Idris said CAP had proposed state government, local authorities and Department of Irrigation and Drainage conduct a comprehensive study to identify the exact cause of the flooding and in other areas in Penang.

"CAP requests that the drains and rivers in the area to be cleaned and deepened so that water can flow smoothly when it rains. The low bunds or embankments must be raised to avoid overflow into villages and nearby farms," Idris said.

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