(File pix) A view of Sungai Jarak yesterday. It was previously reported that the Sungai Jarak bund, located near Padang Cempedak, had broken, enabling water to flow into Tasek Gelugor and nearby areas. Pix by Amir Irsyad Omar

KUALA LUMPUR: The massive floods which struck Penang over the weekend was made worse by a broken bund.

Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Tan Sri Noh Omar, announcing this, however did not disclose the location of the bund.

"Besides the unusual weather, a broken bund also caused excess water to flow and worsened the floods," he said during the minister's question and answer session at the Dewan Rakyat today.

He was responding to a supplementary question by Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali (BN-Bagan Serai).

Noor Azmi had asked if the floods in Penang was also caused by other factors apart from the weather.

It was previously reported that the Sungai Jarak bund, located near Padang Cempedak, had broken, enabling water to flow into Tasek Gelugor and nearby areas.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had said that army engineers had been mobilised to handle the repairs, which would take two weeks.

Meanwhile, Noh said all state governments have been urged to assess the possibility of flooding before approving new development projects.

Earlier, while replying to Anuar Abd Manap (BN-Sekijang), Noh said the Fire and Rescue Department's assets are 100 per cent ready to tackle flood operations.

"On Nov 1, all state Fire and Rescue Departments have activated their operation rooms and were instructed to update information twice a day on areas affected by floods."

Anuar had asked on the level of preparedness of the Fire and Rescue Department in facing the flood crisis during the monsoon season.

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