Massive Floods Bring Penang to a Standstill

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The floods in Penang are getting worse by the minute, with residents in affected areas trapped in their inundated homes, or unable to go about their daily lives.

Heavy rainfall, which began at 10pm yesterday, seems to have slowed this morning but floodwaters are still rising as of 10.15am.

Amongst the worst-affected areas are Jalan Lumba Kuda, Jalan P Ramlee and Jalan Masjid Negeri.

In the Jalan P Ramlee area, flood waters were reported to be up to 1.5m deep.The morning rush hour was brought to a standstill when all main routes to the city’s central business district were cut off by knee-deep to chest-high flood waters from 6am.

Trees have been uprooted and several landslides have occurred on the island.

Six cars were buried in an avalanche of mud at the Kayangan Puri Mutiara Apartment parking lot in Medan Fettes.

“We are trying to retrieve the cars with help from the Public Works Department and the Penang Island City Council.

“Water flowing from uphill is making the task harder,” said a Bagan Jermal Fire and Rescue Department spokesman.

The situation in Seberang Perai is no different from the island, with at least 40 areas affected.

Weather forecasters said the heavy rain is likely an effect of Typhoon Doksuri near Vietnam, which has displaced some 100,000 people so far. The typhoon is expected to make its way towards the north of Thailand and Cambodia over the weekend.

The Star