Accumulated rainfall hits 100-year high


  • Nation
  • Friday, 10 Oct 2003

KEPALA BATAS: A four-day downpour in the northern Seberang Prai district last week saw the highest accumulated rainfall ever recorded in a period of 100 years, according to the Drainage and Irrigation Department. 

Accumulated rainfall in south Kedah last week was also the highest in 50 years, said DID director-general Datuk Keizrul Abdullah. 

“Continuous heavy rain from Oct 2 until Oct 5 saw an exceptionally high rainfall and this was among the reasons why the northern Seberang Prai district was badly affected by floods, when Sungai Muda overflowed. 

“The situation worsened with the outflow of upstream water at the river which borders Penang and Kedah,” he said after briefing Deputy Agriculture Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shariff Omar at the northern Seberang Prai district office yesterday. 

Accumulated rainfall between Oct 2 and Oct 5 at the DID reading station in Victoria Estate was 401mm while that at the Pinang Tunggal station was 529mm. 

The Ara Kuda reading station recorded 607mm while it was 413mm at the Bumbung Lima station. 

Meanwhile, several areas in Alor Star were hit by flash floods yesterday after it rained overnight. They included Tajar, Taman Rakyat Mergong, Kampung Mempelam, Kampung Gunung Sali, Kampung Berjaya and access roads along Jalan Putra. 

A stretch of Jalan Langgar-Pokok Sena was closed to light vehicles from 9.20am to 11am yesterday due to flooding. 

In Baling district, a landslide was reported in Jalan Lata Bayu while cracks appeared in Jalan Weng-Gulau. 

In Padang Besar, six villages in Titi Tinggi were inundated as a result of torrential rain. 

Kampung Tasoh, Kampung Lembah Biak, Guar Jentik, Abi, Beseri and Paya saw floodwaters rising to 0.5m between 2am and 1pm yesterday. 

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