Sinking feeling: A tow truck being used to pull the submerged car from the canal in Sungai Puyu, Butterworth. (Above) Firemen coming to the rescue of a car hit by a falling tree along Jalan Paya Terubong in Penang.
A WOMAN drove her car into a canal in Taman Oi Leng Hoi, Sungai Puyu, due to poor visibility during a downpour.
She escaped in the nick of time and stood on the roof of the car while waiting for help during the 7.15am incident yesterday.
“I managed to wind down the window and swim to safety,” said the woman, who declined to be named.
The ‘waterfall’ behind an apartment in Bukit Gambir had become murky due to hillside development. starpic by GOH GAIK LEE/The Star/ 14 July 2017.
Flash floods hit several low-lying areas in the state, with the inundation said to be occurring between 5am and 9.30am.
In Jalan Paya Terubong, motorist David Yeap, 38, escaped unhurt after a tree fell on his car at 9.15am.
“I dread what would have happened if it was a boulder or rocks that come crashing down,” he said.
In Taman Lau Geok Swee, Paya Terubong, residents woke up to a loud thud caused by a landslide.
Resident Association chairman Tan Kwee Lim said a shrine was destroyed.
The terrified driver crying for help from the roof of the sinking car which plunged into a canal during heavy rain in Sungai Puyu, Butterworth.
A spokesman for the Jalan Perak fire station said they had to reach out to the developer to get an excavator to the scene when they heard that somebody was trapped in the debris.
Luckily, nobody was hurt and the rescue operation was called off at 4pm.
Penang Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the areas flooded on Penang island were Kampung Naran, Kampung Nelayan, Kampung Sulup, Persiaran Relau, Jalan Datuk Ismail Hashim, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Taman Iping and Jalan Tengah and Bayan Baru.
“The cause was due to heavy rainfall during high tide, especially in Sungai Nipah and Sungai Nibong.
“Poor drainage also caused flooding in Kampung Sulup and Kampung Nelayan which is close to Sungai Teluk Kumbar,” he said.
The car submerged after plunged into monsoon drain during heavy rain in Sungai Puyu, Butterworth yesterday. - (pic courtesy Sin Chew Daily) 14 July 2017.
On the north-east district, Chow said among the worst areas were Jalan P. Ramlee, SMK Abdullah Munshi, Jalan Langkawi, Kampung Masjid, Kampung Makam, City Stadium food court, Relau and Sungai Dua.
He said the rain stations in Batu Lanchang, Air Itam and Sungai Pinang recorded 133mm, 99.5mm and 71.5mm respectively.
In Butterworth, 12 houses in Kampung Bagan Jaya were submerged in water about 0.3m deep while six houses in Kampung Benggali, Sungai Puyu were also inundated in 0.6m of flood waters.
Meanwhile, Penang MCA organising secretary Dr Tan Chuan Hong said over-development could be the cause of the floods.
Fire and rescue department personnel clearing the fallen tree that caused massive jam at Jalan Paya Terubong, Penang. Starpic by : LIM BENG TATT/ The Star / 14 July 2017.
Penang Gerakan vice-chairman Oh Tong Keong, said the ‘waterfall’ behind an apartment in Bukit Gambir had become murky due to hillside development.
“The heavy flow frequently spraying on the apartment blocks has caused the layer of paint on the building to peel off,” Oh told newsmen during a visit to the ‘waterfall’ yesterday.
A council worker cleaning mud from the road