Monday, December 17, 2007

The floods are here again. I think most people who are not affected by the floods (namely those in the Klang Valley) are more pre-occupied with the rallies sprouting up and around Kuala Lumpur.

The government has a website with a live webcam feed of flood prone areas. Occasionally I take a peek to see how high is the water in Kelantan. Below is the live updated feed from the Jeti Kastam in Kota Bahru.

This is the picture of the jetty as of 2:29PM, 17 December 2007. You can see that the jeti is barely visible under the waterline. If you've been to Kelantan, you'll know that this jetty is in the heart of Kota Bharu. This jetty is also known as the royal jetty.

This is the location of the jetty in the satellite map I got from wikimapia

The jetty is right on the Kelantan river. It's quite a large river. I hope the water goes down soon. Hari Raya is coming... it's going to be a wet one for everyone there!

In Wikimapia, there's still an old satellite map of an area near Kota Bharu called Kampung Kok Keli. If you look at the map above, you can see that it's flooded. On the left of the map is the new updated map that is not flooded. Their is a road at the bottom of the map that is totally flooded out. The top of the map are the rice fields. Those are totally flooded out. You can barely see the top of some of the trees in the rice fields. Not sure when was this flood, the map itself is probably 4 years old but it does give you an idea of how extensive the flood is when it happens.

Not much press coverage has been given to the flood relief efforts. Not enough coporations and private individuals are coming forward to help. I think the shock value of this year's flood is not as large as last year. Most people are de-sensitized to it already. They assumed that those who are affected must have been prepared since it already flooded last year. I think what most people don't realize is that the preparations done is not enough.

Losing your belongings to the flood is frustrating. More could be done.

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