|Penang Int'l Airport|
Alamak, what happened to all those big longkangs (huge monsoon drains) I used to see in Bricklin Road, Prangin Road and Macalister Road (or whatever these roads are called nowadays), etc.
|monsoon drain, Orchard Road, Singapore|
photo by singas
I remember the ones in Bricklin Road, Macalistar Road and Prangin Road
were all as big if not bigger than the Orchard Road drain
The British colonial administrators built the monstrously big drains recognizing the typical huge volume of excess water in a tropical heavy downpour.
End of March and beginning of April mark the NE Monsoon giving way to a month-long passage of the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) from the south to the north. The ITCZ is where the northeasterly and Southeasterly Trade Winds meet, causing much thunderstorm activities in the zone as it travels across Malaysia.
Following the ITCZ's passage northwards, the SW Monsoon (the Southeasterly winds veer right on passing the Equator to become Southwesterly) will commence around May and last until September, bringing much rain to the western coast of the Peninsula. The ITCZ returns in October as it follows the sun to the south.
With such thunderstorm and rain activities over our Peninsula all year long I wonder why Selangor and Penang are having water shortages?
Those humongous sized monsoon drains are very much needed, or Penang will face perennial flooding of its roads and residences. It's an ironical joke to suffer water rationing and flooding at the same time.
|Lim Guan Eng with villagers of Kampung Permatang Tok Suboh|
a photo which no doubt has troubled UMNO, wakakaka
And if the Penang government has foresight on future needs, it will build the monsoon drains with the additional aim of conserving the captured flood water in special catchment areas or even underground reservoirs for the state's water needs.