BUTTERWORTH: The Sungai Muda river in North Seberang Prai district burst its banks on Monday morning.
The river's water level rose to 5.2m, more than a metre above its regular 3.96m maximum.
Water from the overflowing river is preventing floodwaters from receding, even though the weather is good.
Penang Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said the district has been put on red alert.
The Fire and Rescue Department confirmed that 260 victims in the district have been evacuated to three centres as of 8am.
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