BALIK PULAU, Jul 19 – Flash flood that hit Teluk Bahang near here today was due to poor drainage system at the Sungai Teluk Bahang, said Balik Pulau Member of Parliament Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya. Dr Hilmi, who is also Deputy Health Minister, said he would request for state and federal allocations to build a bridge at Sungai Teluk Bahang to replace the two blocked water channels which caused spillage to the village.
He said this to reporters after visiting the temporary flood shelter at the Penang City Council community hall near here tonight. Several low lying areas in Penang, including Bayan Lepas, Batu Maung, Relau, Teluk Bahang and Penang International Airport were hit by flash flood following continuous heavy rains since noon.
He said five families were placed at the community hall while the rest stayed at their homes for fear of losing their valuables. Over 300 families in Kampung Nelayan, Kampung Teluk Awak and Kampung Mukim 1 in Teluk Bahang were affected by the flash flood. — Bernama