Battle against rising tides

Penang: Heavier rainfall worsens perennial flood problems

Flooding in George Town, Penang, in September 2017. Flood mitigation is now a pressing issue for the Malaysian state.
Flooding in George Town, Penang, in September 2017. Flood mitigation is now a pressing issue for the Malaysian state.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

The water level was chest high and furniture in many homes was wrecked, while large trees were uprooted by strong winds and torrential rain.

A week of flash floods in November 2017 saw thousands of people displaced in Penang.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 26, 2019, with the headline 'Heavier rainfall worsens perennial flood problems'. Print Edition | Subscribe