06 Dec '17, 2am

The great 1932 flood of Penang: Learning the lessons of history

The great 1932 flood of Penang: Learning the lessons of history

3 SHARES Whatsapp Facebook Twitter Email Print RSS feed In the aftermath of the 4-5 November 2017 storm and extensive flooding and landslides, many thought it was the worst in Penang history. But there was widespread flooding in Penang on 24 November 1932, when 15 inches (about 380mm) of rainfall was recorded over a 14-hour spell. That is higher than the 372mm recorded in Butterworth (another report mentioned 315mm ) on the night of 4 November 2017, which was said to be the “highest on record”, following earlier rainfall in mid-September 2017 of 270mm. Contrary to widespread belief, Penang Hill was not an untouched forest back in the 19th and early 20th Centuries. Large patches of the hill were cleared to make way for spice plantations in the 19th Century before the market collapsed and the land was abandoned. The British colonialists responsible for these clearings were c...

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