By: RaY KinZoKu

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Kota Bharu: Venice of the East

Taken in April 2004..
..and on the 12 Dec 2004..
Bangunan Tabung Haji & road to Padang Bas..
Heading towards the Clock Tower Roundabout
The Sultan and the flood..
"Pakcik tak boley parking depan gate saya!"
Our museum latest attraction is.. flood water !
"Awekku, akan ku tunggu dikau walau banjir satu Kota Bharu!"
Mr. Nagao (a Japanese expat.)
" Bang, boley tumpang dak ? "
Honda memang hebat, jadi kapal selam pun boley!
"Mommy, where did u park the car just now?"
What used to be Stadium Parking Lot..
Abandon ship ! Abandon ship !
Eh, si Affai nih boley berenang ka?
Area Hospital Kota Bharu..
..depan Wisma Persekutuan..
People took to the streets as if there were fiesta of some sort
Even the petrol station stays submerged..
One of few "dry" roads..
Jalan Long Yunus (menuju Sek.D.A.Maher)
No one had expected that this season's monsoon finally turned Kota Bharu streets into instant waterways, exactly like it used to be 10 years ago, with water level ranging from ankle deep to chest-deep ..

And not only the town of Kota Bharu but the entire East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia region is currently submerged by flood water. And today, after the river began to overflow yesterday afternoon, at Kota Bharu, the locals took to the flooded streets, emptied from cars by advancing flood water, for a rare, once every few years, muddy water fiesta !

Even the hawkers joined the fiesta ! Some even cruised the "waterways" with boats.. emm.. how "Venice" like !

What the news says:

The Star 13 Dec 2004: Thousands evacuated in the East Coast states

Berita Harian 13 Dec 2004: Hampir seluruh bandar Kota Bharu banjir

Utusan Malaysia 13 Dec 2004: " Banjir terburuk Kelantan sejak 15 tahun "

*please proceed to PAS Kelantan gallery and Rabby's fotopage for more Kota Bharu flood photos.

*However, for those whose lives suffered due to this flood, my deepest sympathy and condolences, including to my friends & officemates involved, I pray for your recoveries ....

Background Song
( dedicated to Kota Bharu, which is now " lost " for a while due to the flood ) :

Itoshi Kimi He by Moriyama Naotarou

Ne~ Itoshi kimi yo, itoshi kimi yo, doko ni iru no?
( Oh, dear, where are you ? )
Ima sugu ai ni kite hoshii ~
( I want you to come to me now )
Tatoe sore ga maboroshi demo ~
( Even if I it is only vision of you)

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