GEORGE TOWN: A 59-year-old businessman got out to assess the problem after his car stalled in flood waters in Jalan Tun Dr Awang, near the intersection to Relau.
Moments later, he fell into a submerged monsoon drain and drowned during heavy rain at about 6am yesterday.
State Fire and Rescue Department spokesman Mohd Azman Hussin said the body of Lim Kean Chuan was retrieved from a manhole about 800m from where he fell.
“We arrived at the scene four minutes after receiving a distress call at 10.51am.
The victim’s body was found at 2.08pm and handed over to the police for further action.
“His belongings were confirmed by his family,” he said.
A family member, who declined to be named, said the monsoon drain should have been covered up.
“I hope the authorities will look into this as it is a flood-prone area,” she said.
Bayan Baru MP Sim Tze Tzin, who rushed to the scene upon hearing news of the incident, extended his condolences to the family of the victim.
“I hope the state government will speed up the RM24mil flood mitigation project for this area.
“This is a tragic accident,” he said in a statement.
Penang Flood Mitigation Com-mittee chairman Chow Kon Yeow, in a statement, said 18 areas on the Penang island were flooded between 5am and 9.30am.
Over on the Penang mainland, several low-lying areas were also flooded as the heavy rain coincided with the rising tide phenomenon.
The Seberang Prai Municipal Council said the downpour started at 3.30am till 6am and the high tide was recorded at 2.2 metres during that period.
The affected areas were Taman Bagan Jermal, Kampung Simpah, Kampung Oi Leng Hooi, Taman Wira, Mak Mandin, Taman Bunga Raya, Jalan Bagan Lallang, Taman Kerapu, Jalan Permatang Pauh and Taman Kepar.