KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 5 — The PAS-led Kelantan government donated today RM50,000 to DAP-led Penang which saw the worst flood in perhaps 35 years.
Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob said his state government will also send volunteers to aid in disaster relief efforts, national news agency Bernama reported.
“This morning I received news about the flood situation in Penang which is increasingly worrisome. Through the Penang Chief Minister’s statement, some flood evacuation centres were even found to be without electricity.
“In such a situation, I call on all to help the flood victims there and set aside all political sentiments,” Ahmad was quoted saying in a statement.
Unusually high winds and continuous torrential rains battered Penang for 15 hours straight from 2pm yesterday, uprooting trees and flooding 80 per cent of the island state, causing power outages in several areas.
Seven deaths have been reported as at 10pm today, with three senior citizens confirmed to have drowned while three more post-mortems are still pending.
A Bangladeshi man who was killed after the storm toppled a tree onto his rented house last night was the first reported death.