36 Stranded on Penang Hill Since Saturday Rescued

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As at Tuesday noon, some roads in Penang are still closed and the number of flood victims has risen to 7,294.

Thirty-six people stranded on Penang Hill since Saturday following the widespread flooding and landslides which brought the island to a standstill have been rescued.

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The first group of 10 people, comprising six adults and four children, arrived in a Fire and Rescue Department helicopter at the state Federal Reserve Unit in Rifle Range at 2.40pm, The Star Online reported.

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It was earlier reported that the Penang Hill funicular train service was suspended due to several landslides following the downpour on Saturday.

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Meanwhile, the number of flood victims in Penang has risen to 7,294 as of Tuesday afternoon, from 6,243 on Monday.

Several roads in Seberang Prai Utara that closed this morning remained close to traffic, including Jalan Lahar Yooi-Sungai Dua, Lahar Yooi-Padang Menora, Jalan Pokok Tampang and Jalan Padang Tonsun.

A total of 4,032 flood victims are housed in 22 relief centres in Seberang Prai Utara and 3,163 people in 26 relief centres in Seberang Prai Tengah.

In Seberang Prai Selatan, four people are still staying at a relief centre and 21 people in Timur Laut remain at a relief centre as of noon.

The weather in Seberang Perai today is cloudy and fine on the island.

Almost the whole of Penang was submerged in 0.2m to 1m of water from strong winds and heavy rain since Saturday (Nov 4), which also uprooted several trees.

The flood which has claimed seven lives is reported to be the worst ever experienced by the state.