Floods: Parts of Penang hit after early morning downpour

GEORGE TOWN: A downpour that lasted for more than two hours in the early hours of Saturday (Sept 24) morning has caused flooding in several parts of the island.

The Sungai Ara, Bayan Lepas and Teluk Kumbar areas, which are known to experience flooding during downpours, were not spared after a sudden bout of rainfall hit the island.

A resident in Sungai Ara who wished to be known as Teh said it started to rain heavily at about 7am.

"Half an hour later, the water started to rise rapidly from the drain. The whole main road was flooded shortly after. I then saw that a few cars were stuck along the road," he said.

A popular social media page that goes by the name of Penang Weather Watch shared a post of flood water more than a foot high near the Bukit Jambul area.

The man in the video warned folks to be careful when on the road as he was driving through flood water in the area (Bukit Jambul).

Several other parts of the island have also been experiencing downpours.

The Jelutong and town areas have been experiencing rain since 8am.

The downpour has caused floods in several villages in Bayan Lepas as well, including Kampung Masjid, Kampung Manggis, Kampung Perlis, Kampung Binjai and Kampung Seronok.

The rising water levels have also endangered the houses located by the side of the Bayan Lepas River, said Bayan Lepas assemblyman Azrul Mahathir Aziz.

The Malaysian Meteorological Department warned of thunderstorms in several parts of the country this morning including Penang, Perlis, Kedah, Melaka, Johor and Sabah.

They indicated that it should last till 10am.

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