Rapid Development Contributes to Flash Floods in Bayan Baru

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) urges the Penang government to investigate and take immediate action to resolve the problem of flash floods that frequently occurs in Bayan Baru during the rainy season.

Flash floods occurred again today causing thousands of residents and road users in this township to panic due to overflow of muddy water which flooded the area.

SAM’s survey found that rapid development here and the failure of the drainage system to function effectively during heavy rain had caused flash floods.

SAM is concerned that the floods in Bayan Baru will worsen in the future if the source of the problem is not curtailed. In addition to this, the frequency and intensity of rainfall is expected to increase due to climate change. Any future plans for development and drainage systems should take into account the impacts of climate change and be climate resilient.

Media Statement, 2 September 2016

Link: http://www.consumer.org.my/index.php/development/environment/1030-rapid-development-contributes-to-flash-floods-in-bayan-baru

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