Saturday December 17, 2011
More than a passing worry
By CHAN LI LEEN
Wrath of nature: A file picture of motorists braving rising water levels along Jalan Tambun in Ipoh after a prolonged heavy downpour recently.
While most of us used to think that floods that bad only happen overseas, recent times have shown us otherwise.
The floods are hitting home and getting too close for comfort.
Our region, including Malaysia, is no longer safe from floods.
Often, I think to myself, what if it was my home that water was gushing into.
What if it was my new car, which I am paying an arm and a leg for, that was floating down the street-turned-river?
There is a Malay saying, which goes “as hard as it is to watch, it is even harder to go through”.
For one who has never experienced floods, except for the times when reporting about receding waters during annual flooding in Northern Perak and flashfloods on Jalan Hussein in front of our former office, the thought of it totally scares me.
So much so that, whenever it pours I become paranoid and find myself incessantly checking the water level on the ground.
Well, if it could happen in Kajang or Jalan Tun Razak in the middle of Kuala Lumpur, or a buzzling metropolis like Bangkok for that matter, what about here in Ipoh?
Ipoh, despite being relatively safe from major floods, is not immune to flashfloods, which I feel is due to a combination of poor planning and indiscriminate littering.