AN intense evening thunderstorm has felled 17 trees weighing around 19 tonnes in several parts on Penang mainland.
Seberang Prai City Council’s (MBSP) Crisis Management Department immediately moved in to clear the trees after receiving distress calls at about 4pm.
Among the worst-hit area was Jalan Arumugam Pillai, where three trees fell and blocked the road completely.
Another tree fell next to the Telekom Malaysia substation along the road during the 4pm incident on Tuesday.
Fallen trees were also reported in Kampung Padang Ibu in Guar Perahu (one), Kampung Pelet (four) and Bukit Indera Muda (four) in Kubang Semang, Kepala Gajah in Simpang Ampat (three) and Kampung Guar Perahu (one).
MBSP, in a Facebook post yesterday, said it responded to distress calls about fallen trees soon after the storm started.
“We received calls through our emergency hotline at 1-800-88-6777.
“Although it is Ramadan, our men moved in swiftly to respond to calls of fallen trees which caused temporary road closure.
“Some trees also fell on houses and vehicles. “Our men will continue to be on the ground and respond to emergency calls, ” said MBSP.
When contacted, MBSP mayor Datuk Rozali Mohamud said he had asked the Landscape Department to carry out a detailed study and take action on the number of trees at risk on Penang mainland.
“I have asked them to determine the appropriate species of trees to be planted by the roadside.
“We will get technical views from arborists on all methods possible for transplantation.
“We will not allow tree transplantation to be done on the road and we are willing to consider other better options, ” he said.