Penang Floods Death Toll Now Seven, Flood Victims Rise to 5,845

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The worst flood Penang has ever experienced has claimed seven lives and affected thousands of people.

Updated: As of 5pm Nov 6, several roads in Penang are still closed – Jalan Arumugam Pillai between Simpan 3 Jalan Lahar Yooi and Padang Menora; the stretch between Lahar Yooi, Lubuk Meriam, Jalan Bertam Indah and the Sungai Lokan exit on the Butterworth Outer Ring Road; Jalan Ara Kuda between Simpang 3 Tai Tong and Jalan Ara Kuda; and Jalan Pokok Tampang/Simpang Jarak, Jalan Laboh Banting and Jalan Lebuh Bertam heading to Paya Keladi. Jalan Tun Sardon would be closed for clearing until Nov 15, instead use Jalan Teluk Kumbar.

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  • Almost the whole of Penang affected by floods
  • Waters as high as 3.5m at height of floods on the island
  • Floodwaters still nearly 1m high in many parts of Penang mainland
  • Landslips, traffic congestion, road closures, debris, power outages
  • Flood victims rose to 5,845
  • Sheltered in 62 evacuation centres
  • SPM examination carrying on
  • Penang Hill funicular rail service suspended due to landslide
  • No access out of Balik Pulau as both roads affected by floods and landslides

Two more people have perished in Penang’s flood disaster, bringing the latest death toll to seven.

The figure rose after two bodies were found in a house in Jalan Mata Kucing, Air Itam and in front of Stadium Bandaraya here.

“The sixth victim has been identified as Tan Ah Peow, 45. He was found by his neighbour at 2pm.

“The seventh victim, also a man, was found by a member of the public at 2.40pm,” said Timur Laut district police chief ACP Anuar Omar.

He said no identification documents were found on the body of the shirtless man who was covered in mud.

The two bodies were sent to the Penang Hospital for post-mortems.

Earlier, four bodies of senior citizens were discovered in their homes; while the body of a Bangladeshi man was found in a house destroyed by a falling tree.

Meanwhile, the number of flood victims in Penang continues to rise with 5,845 recorded on Monday morning.

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They are currently being sheltered at 62 evacuation centres.

The number of evacuees on Nov 5 night was 3,779.

Mikail Ong

Seberang Perai Utara district recorded the highest number of flood victims with 3,371, who are being housed at 30 centres, followed by Seberang Perai Tengah district with 2,119 staying at 27 centres.

A police flood operations room spokesman said more areas were inundated on Sunday night following heavy rain and high tides forcing more residents to be evacuated.

The affected areas in Seberang Perai Utara are Sungai Dua, Nyior Sebatang, Lahar Yooi and Desa Murni while those in Seberang Perai Tengah are Kampung Tanjung Putus and Permatang Tinggi.

Royal Malaysian Police, Civil Defence Force and Fire and Rescue Department personnel have been up and about from 6am to assist Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) students get to their schools for the respective examinations.

Sayuti Zainudin

Almost the whole of Penang is affected by floods with several areas inundated under 0.2 to one metre, following heavy rain and strong winds which began at 2pm on Saturday which also toppled dozens of trees.  

Related report: Sept 19, Massive Floods Bring Penang to a Standstill