Landslides and Flash floods: Penang’s Growing Environmental Worries

Beams of the Paya Terubong Paired Road perched on the site of the Bukit Kukus landslide in 2018 - New Naratif

In recent years, urban areas in Penang have increasingly felt the brunt of natural disasters.

Since 2014, there has been a series of flash foods with increasing intensity and fatalities—the worst incident affected the lives of 7,400 people who had to be temporarily displaced, and seven lives were lost in November 2017. Hill sites have seen deadly landslides too. In October 2017, the Granito landslide in Tanjung Bungah claimed 11 deaths. Barely a year later, the Bukit Kukus landslide in Paya Terubong claimed nine lives. In June 2019, yet another landslide occurred at a sloped construction site in Tanjung Bungah, killing four instantly.

Why have the floods and landslides gotten worse?

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