Thursday, 24 October 2013

Rainy day landslips

My wife and I went walking on the tar road at the Bukit Mertajam hill in Cherok To'Kun last Sunday afternoon. Sky was much overcast but luckily, there wasn't any rain. Anyhow, the wet weather of the past fortnight had already inflicted its damage on the hill slopes.

As per our routine if we use the road, we would walk only to the part where the road joined one of the hill trails (accessible by a ladder propped up against a slope), maybe a distance of about 1.3 kilometres one-way from the car park. Along the way we came across at least seven landslips, some severe, some less so.

Several parts of the road were covered with yellow soil. Small boulders had also rolled down from the eroded slopes. On the way down, we overheard a fellow hiker commenting that he was at the hill the previous day but he gave up all attempts of climbing because yellowed water was gushing down from the hill slopes.

Here are a few pictures of the damage. I know that the authorities already have their hands full helping people who are affected by floods on the mainland of Penang, but I hope they can also clear up the mess here as soon as practicably possible.


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