2016年11月30日星期三

East Coast lashed by heavy rain

East Coast lashed by heavy rain

Flash floods and thunderstorms threw life into chaos in various places across Terengganu, causing several road closures – and it was only the beginning of the bad news.

Worst is yet to come, said Terengganu Civil Force’s deputy director Mejar Amirsarafudin Zalman.

He said there would be high tides measuring about 2.5m in Kuala Terengganu and up to 3.2m from today for eight consecutive days, which could cause more major floods in the event of rain.

In Kuantan, it poured for more than 12 hours with the rains starting at 6am and stopping only at 7pm, a sign that the monsoon was about to hit the east coast of the peninsula.

The flash floods in Terengganu yesterday, which started after a heavy downpour at about 2am, caused two major roads in Batu Burok here and Serating Merchang in Marang to be closed to light vehicles, while Jalan Sultan Omar and Jalan Kamarudin near Kuala Terengganu Specialist Centre was inundated with water up to 0.4m. The road was not closed.

As of 6.30pm, the Serating Merchang road in Marang had reopened to vehicles.

Some low-lying areas around Kuala Terengganu, Kemaman, Dungun and Hulu Terengganu were affected but no major damage to properties was reported.

Eighty-seven evacuees from Kemaman and Kuala Terengganu were now taking refuge at SMK Badrul Alam Shah in Kemasik; SK Teluk Kalong in Kijal, Kemaman, and SK Gong Tok Nasek here.

They were all from Kampung Sarang Lang, Kampung Baru Kanan, Kampung Baru Kiri, Kampung Gong Cengal (all in Kemaman) and Kampung Gong Tok Nasek.

According to Mejar Amirsa­rafudin, the cause of the flash floods was the heavy downpour which met with the high tides although clogged drains could also be the reason for certain areas in the city centre.

He also urged the public to be more responsible and stop circulating false flood pictures through WhatsApp.

“We also urge the public not to panic following the spreading of photographs as some were taken in a way to make it look like a disaster.

“The Civil Defence Force is monitoring the situation constantly and we are in contact with all respective agencies including the Meteoro­logical Department and Department of Irrigation and Drainage for immediate reports on flood eventualities,” he said, adding that the public could log on to www.etindakan.terengganu.gov.my or call the operation room for information.

Meanwhile, Mahathir Md Daud, from Kampung Durian Burung here, said it took only 10 minutes for the water level to rise and inundate his house in the morning.

“This is the first time a flash flood occurred in the 45 years that the house has been standing. Everything happened so quickly that we were unable to carry anything.

A car makes its way down a flooded road in Kuala Terengganu.

“We will have to start packing and moving our belongings to a higher place as the flash flood was a warning there could be a bigger one coming soon,” he said, adding that the floodwaters had caused slight damage to his sofa set and the motors in his two refrigerators.

Housewife Rosmah Engah, 36, from Kampung Batu Penunggul, Marang, was a very frustrated woman.

She said such flash floods were a norm every time it rained heavily for six continuous hours in her area.

She blamed poor drainage for causing the flash floods which saw her house inundated at about noon.

~News courtesy of The Star~

2016年11月29日星期二

肯逸湖巴雅斯岛免税区.明年中竣工2018开放

肯逸湖巴雅斯岛免税区.明年中竣工2018开放

位于肯逸湖巴雅斯岛的免税区预料在明年6月竣工,并在2018年初开放。



肯逸湖巴雅斯岛的免税区建设工程3次延期,预料明年6月竣工,并在2018年初开放。(图:星洲日报)

位于肯逸湖巴雅斯岛的免税区预料在明年6月竣工,并在2018年初开放。

登州基础设施、公共设备、能源及绿色工艺委员会主席罗斯里奥曼表示,肯逸湖免税区工程目前进度达到76.33%,经费方面已花了近1亿5000万令吉。

原订今年竣工

他说,免税区工程在2012年4月开始,原定在今年竣工,可是期间承包商3次要求工程延期,以致工程无法如期竣工。

“无论如何,根据目前的工程进度来看,免税区预计可以在明年6月竣工,然后在2018年初开放。”

他是今日参与2017年财政预算案行政议员总结环节时,如此表示。

登州政府耗资近3亿令吉打造肯逸湖免税区,以促进肯逸湖的旅游发展,并带动当地的经济发展。

耗资大未竣工引抨击

无论如何,这个免税区也在议会成为反对党抨击的课题,因为这项工程耗资庞大,而且迟迟未竣工。

伊斯兰党德布区州议员希山慕丁阿都卡林参与2017年财政预算案辩论环节时表示,州政府在2017年财政预算案中把肯逸湖列为第2个强打的旅游景点,可是免税区明年却还未竣工,无法开放给游客观光,已辜负了州政府积极推动肯逸湖旅游业的心意。

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星洲日报‧东海岸‧2016.11.23