Friday, May 13, 2016

Wet, Wet, Wet

This month, the skies have opened up. And the rains came. With fearless ferocity.
And that means, flash floods. Kuala Lumpur was thoroughly drenched and the city came to a standstill.

Vehicles stuck in traffic along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim. Star Online pic, May 13, 2016  

Raja Shamri’s photos

Simon Teow’s photos
Yesterday, at about 7:30 PM, Kuala Lumpur received torrential rains that submerged major roads, including Jalan Semantan, Jalan Pantai Bahru (especially the area near Universiti Malaya), Jalan Bangsar, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim, Jalan Lingkungan Budi and Jalan Pudu. I am sure other roads were affected too – but the situation was particularly bad in the above-mentioned places.
City folks can expect harsher, more concentrated rainfall as climate change not only intensifies storms, but draws them into narrower bands of more intense downpours.
To think that just last month, city folks were complaining about the sweltering heatwave that baked us. Intolerable, insufferable, implacable.
The paddy fields in Kampung Chuping, Perlis look dried and cracked due to the El Nino phenomenon which has caused a heatwave in the country, March 15, 2016. Bernama pic
Children walk along the dry banks of the Pahang river in Temerloh, Pahang on April 11, 2016. Photo: AFP  
Dead fish are pictured on the dry banks of the Pahang river during the heatwave in Termerloh, Pahang, on April 11, 2016. Photo: AFP
Eric Chong, owner of Green Acres farm near Georgetown, Penang, shows the dried flowers from his durian trees on April 11, 2016. Durian supply is expected to drop by about 40 percent this year due to the hot weather. Photo: The Star/Asia News Network

Kids in a river to cool off as schools remain closed due to the heatwave in Temerloh, Pahang on April 11, 2016. Photo: AFP
Since January and February this year, it had been oppressively hot – smashing global temperature records. At least that was what we were told by the World Meteorological Organization – and which attributed the highs to the "unprecedented" advance of climate change.
The unforgiving heatwave continued into March and April. Local reports had even highlighted that on April 11, more than 250 schools were ordered shut after temperatures soared above 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over a 72-hour period.
KL is no longer a hospitable place. Either you get scorched or you get soaked!

On Wednesday, St Johnstone came from behind to beat Celtic 2-1. Leigh Griffiths scored the only Celtic goal and he became the first Celtic player since Henrik Larsson to score 40 goals in a season.

In any case, the outcome was academic because they had already secured the Scottish Premiership title.

Also, Liverpool kept alive their slim hopes of a top-six EPL finish when they drew 1-1 with Chelsea.   

The Blues winger Eden Hazard fired a low shot into the corner in the thirty-second minute after a dazzling run – then substitute Christian Benteke (90+2) earned the Reds a point when he pounced on Asmir Begovic's error.

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