Activity at Esplanade as usual despite high tide warning

Mohamed Basyir

GEORGE TOWN: The Esplanade, a famous location for relaxing by the seaside, was still filled with people despite the high-tide warning by the authorities recently.

Checks by NSTP saw that the water level was quite high along Esplanade. However the sea water did not overflow into the road as how it used to be on previous high tide occasions.

Some of the people even did fishing activities while many others were enjoying the cool breeze since morning.

“We are here just to relax and have some snacks while we enjoy the view. The tide is quite high but we will be careful.

“If it looks too dangerous then we will leave,” said Ahmad Idzham Qushairi, 30, when met there today.

Civil and Defence Force (APM) had ordered 2,000 of its personnel to be deployed and monitor the west coast of the Peninsular which is expected to experience high tide phenomena from September until November.

The dates which were predicted for high tide are Sept 9 to 12, Sept 23 to 28, Oct 8 to 12, Oct 22 to 27, Nov 6 to 11 and Nov 21 to 26.

Previously, Penang APM stated that it has already identified 10 areas at risk of flash floods sparked by the unusual high tide phenomenon.

The 10 areas are Batu Ferringghi, Tanjung Bungah, Teluk Bahang, Teluk Kumbar, Balik Pulau, Penaga, Pantai Bersih, Telok Air Tawar, Pulau Aman and Sungai Udang.

Its director Pang Ah Lek said the department had about 50,000 extra officers who wwould work in shifts and would be on standby for floods in the state.

The department had also identified relief centres at several flood prone areas and also the means of channeling food supply to the victims placed in the centres.


The Esplanade, a famous location for relaxing by the seaside, was still filled with people despite the high-tide warning by the authorities recently. (NSTP/MIKAIL ONG)

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