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Floods due to unusually high rainfall: Junaidi

  • Junaidi clarifies that the floods in Penang are not flash floods normally caused by poor drainage. Photo courtesy: Sin Chew Daily

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 6 (MySinchew) -- Natural resources and environment minister Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the massive floods in Penang and southern Kedah were due to unusually high rainfall unseen in more than a hundred years.

He said in a statement that there was a total of 250mm rainfall within 24 hours happening concurrently with the 2.7-meter tide, causing the floodwaters to be unable to recede.

The RM150 million Penang flood mitigation project will begin next January and is expected to take two years to complete.

Junaidi urged all quarters to stop politicizing the floods, as this could happen to any city with such unusually high rainfall.

He also clarified that the floods were not flash floods normally caused by poor drainage.

He warned that northern states on peninsular Malaysia could be hit by more floods again before the monsoonal transition ends later this month.

 

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