Floods hit low-lying areas in Penang after non-stop rain

One of the areas badly hit by the floods was on Jalan Mayang Pasir in Penang on Saturday - Pix by GARY CHEN/The Star

BUTTERWORTH: Many areas on mainland Penang were flooded following a nine-hour downpour which caused water levels to rise as high as 300mm on Saturday.

At least 17 houses in several villages including Kampung Permatang Rawa, Kampung Benggali, Kampung Simpah, Kampung Ooi Leng Hooi and Kampung Padang Lalang were flooded in knee-deep waters after levels rose between 100mm and 300mm.

Taman Senangin, Taman Kepar, Taman Bagan, Taman Cantik and Kampung Ooi Leng Hooi were also struck with 300mm deep water, while three houses in Kampung Benggali, Butterworth were also affected by the floods.

Traffic has slowed down to a crawl on Jalan Baru and Jalan Bukit Tengah as knee-deep waters covered the roads.

According to the Penang Alert website, heavy rain is reported at Lahar Ikan Mati and Bakar Kapok.

The rain, which started at about 10am, was still pouring as of 7pm, and there are no signs the rain will stop anytime soon.

Penanti assemblyman Dr Norlela Ariffin also said low lying areas in Guar Jering and Kampung Terus, Bukit Mertajam have been flooded and a hall in the village is on standby as an evacuation centre if necessary.

In GEORGE TOWN, water levels at several low-lying areas were earlier seen increasing following a three-hour downpour in the afternoon.

Although water started to overflow on Jalan P. Ramlee in Jelutong, Jalan Paya Terubong in Relau, Church Street and Kimberly Street in George Town, the roads are still passable by vehicles as at 4.30pm.

A small landslide was also reported to have happened at Hong Seng Estate in Mount Erskine near the site where soil erosion happened late last month.

A total of 35 people were also evacuated in Bukit Titi, Sungai Pinang, Balik Pulau due to floods.

Teluk Bahang assemblyman Datuk Shah Headen Ayoob Hussain Shah said the people have been evacuated to SK Sungai Pinang on Nov 4.

"With the continuous downpour we expect the flood waters to increase and more people to be evacuated," said Shah Headen.

"The main road of Jalan Baru is also flooded and water have risen and we expect people to be evacuated in the next few hours."

Meanwhile, the downpour which is lashing the northern states is expected to continue until Sunday (Nov 5).

A Malaysian Meteorological Department spokesman said latest reports confirmed that the storm would continue.

"It's at the orange level which means continuous heavy rains over a period of time."

He said the department would continue to monitor the situation and update the information on its Facebook.


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