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Landslide derails hill train service


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 30 Sep 2017

Rail hassle: Workers tending to the landslide near the Penang Hill middle station as seen from inside a train coach.

Rail hassle: Workers tending to the landslide near the Penang Hill middle station as seen from inside a train coach.

GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Hill funicular train service was temporarily suspended after a minor landslide was reported near its middle station.

Penang Hill Corporation general manager L.L. Cheok said the incident happened about 4pm yesterday and visitors and residents were brought down for safety reasons.

He said the landslide did not cause any damage but the tracks were covered with debris from the incident.

“Due to that we stopped the service to give way for the clearing works.

“The last train down was at 5.30pm and the service will resume by today,” he said.

Earth shaker: A terrace house in Hong Seng Estate suffered major cracks due to a landslip near a river.
Earth shaker: A terrace house in Hong Seng Estate suffered major cracks due to a landslip near a river. 

Meanwhile, more than 10 terrace houses in Hong Seng Estate also suffered major cracks due to a landslip near a river.

Pulau Tikus assemblyman Yap Soo Huey and Kebun Bunga assemblyman Cheah Kah Peng were at the scene to check on the condition.

Several low-lying areas on the Penang Island were also flooded after an overnight downpour from 3am yesterday.

Jalan P. Ramlee was the worst hit with the flood waters rising to knee-length, while Lengkok P. Ramlee and Kampung Masjid Hashim Yahya in Jalan Perak were also not spared although the water receded after the rain stopped at 7am.

The front part of the Batu Gantong funeral parlour was also inundated at knee-length but the inner hall where the coffins are placed was not affected.

The water at Sungai Air Itam, Sungai Dondang and Sungai Pinang also rose to alert level.

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