GEORGE TOWN: Penangites hit by floods had a very busy Malaysia Day. Many were spotted cleaning the compounds of their houses and shops.
Some 200 teachers, parents, alumni and volunteers arrived at SJK (C) Han Chiang in Jalan Lim Lean Teng to clean the school.
Its parent-teacher association chairman Lim Yeap Theng, 48, said the gotong-royong was annouced via the school’s mobile app and it received a good response.
“The water was waist-high but we did not face much losses.
“The school was flooded last year so we had already placed the important teaching aids on higher ground,” he said.
On a visit to the Kayangan Puri Mutiara Apartments in Medan Fettes, Tanjong Tokong, Chief Minis-ter Lim Guan Eng said the state government’s priority was to ensure that landslide areas were safe.
“Repairs to the anchored sheet pile and drainage system, which were damaged during the downpour on Friday, will be costly but the state will get the work done as soon as possible.
“The cost may be up to RM1mil but it has to be done for the people’s safety,” he said yesterday.
Penang Island City Council Urban Services director Mubarak Junus said debris had been cleared from roads.
“We also added more rubbish collection trips,” he said.
In Teluk Kumbar, the 40 people who were evacuated from Kampung Nelayan have returned home.
In Kedah, there are 440 villagers in four flood evacuation centres in Bandar Baharu and Langkawi.
State Disaster Management Committee secretariat coordinator Kapt (Civil Defence) Saifuddin Abdullah said the villagers from 113 families would be housed at the centres until it was safe for them to return home.
In Perlis, 25 houses were flooded in Bintong but the villagers were not evacuated.