Downpour leads to flash floods in Penang, 46 evacuated

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GEORGE TOWN (Bernama): Flash floods hit several areas in Penang following heavy rain on Tuesday (Oct 23) afternoon.

The downpour, which lasted for two hours started at 1pm.

Among the affected areas were Balik Pulau and Teluk Kumbar on the island, while on the mainland were Prai, Butterworth, Taman Inderawasih, Jalan Perusahaan, Kampung Padang Lalang, Bandar Perda and Butterworth-Kulim Expressway.

The flash floods also caused 46 people to be evacuated to relief centres.

They comprise 12 people from three houses in Titi Teras and Balik Pulau as well as 34 residents from eight houses in Padang Lalang in Bukit Mertajam.

Penang Fire and Rescue Department director Saadon Moktar said the worst affected areas were Teluk Kumbar and Balik Pulau, involving Kampung Paya, Kampung Masjid, Taman Perda Flat and Kampung Titi Teras, as well as several nearby housing areas.

However, the floodwaters in some areas have begun to recede especially on the mainland.

Meanwhile, the special officer to Bayan Lepas state assemblyman Mohd Firdaus Mohd Safri said the flash floods in the afternoon had also affected SK Seri Bayu and SMK Teluk Kumbar 2.

"Some 20 pupils were trapped when the main road leading to SK Seri Bayu and Kampung Paya was inundated in floodwaters and the schools had to be closed.

"They were moved out with the help of the Civil Defence Force and the police. They were sent home on four-wheel drive vehicles,” he said.

Meanwhile, Kampung Paya resident Abdul Hamid Zakaria said the water started entering his house at about 3pm.

“Before this (floods) always occur... so on seeing the water rising, we immediately transfer the valuable items to a higher and safer place,” he said. - Bernama

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