Flash floods ‘not caused by overflow from dam’


GEORGE TOWN: Yesterday’s flash floods in parts of Air Itam and George Town was not caused by any overflow from the Air Itam Dam, the Penang water corporation said today.

The corporation’s chief executive, Jaseni Maidinsa, said 135mm of rainfall was recorded at the dam yesterday.

“There was a minimal overflow of 12mm of water at the dam at about 7.10pm. Any overflow from the Air Itam Dam will go only into Sungai Air Itam.

“Please note that 12mm of overflow is insufficient to cause widespread flooding in George Town. Moreover, the flash floods occurred before 7.10pm,” he said in a statement here today.

Heavy rains cause a landslide at Kek Lok Si Temple in Air Itam on the road leading to the dam.

No one was injured but landslide debris caused the road to be impassable to cars, Jaseni said.

He urged visitors to the dam to be careful when using the road during the current rainy season.