KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 4 ― Many areas in Penang were hit by flash floods today following hours of heavy rain which started at about 2pm.
Several areas on the island were hit by flash floods between 0.2m to 0.5m high, while dozens of trees were uprooted after five hours of heavy rains and strong winds.
By 7.30 pm, almost 80 areas in the state were inundated with water following non-stop rain and rising river waters which coincided with high tides, causing water levels to rapidly overflow.
According to the state’s Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID), the waters in some of the rivers in Penang had risen to dangerous levels. At 6.15pm, Sungai Dondang was at 22.11m, Sungai Air Itam at 6.84m and Sg Dondang at 22.11m.
The DID said that among the areas affected in Georgetown were Kg Masjid, Kg Makan, Jalan P Ramless, Halaman Bukit Gambir and Jalan Patani. Areas in Bayan Lepas, Bayan Baru, Balik Pulau and and Batu Ferringghi were also affected.
In Seberang Perai, areas that were affected are Permatang Rawa; Taman Bagan; Taman Cantek; Mak Mandin; Jalan Guar Perahu; Jalan Raja Uda; Jalan Bukit Tengah; Taman Mutiara; Jalan Tembikai; Bukit Mertajam; Taman Usaha; Lorong Usahajaya; Taman Senangin; Taman Nibong Tebal; Jalan Bukit Teh; Kampung Baru Sungai Bakap; Kampung Sethu; Lorong Janggus and Taman Sukun.
The DID said that heavy downpour, clogged drains and the piling of rubbish contributed to the flash floods and rising water levels.
In a statement, the Malaysian Meteorological Department said that the heavy rain in Penang and in Kedah (Yan, Kuala Muda, Kulim and Bandar Baharu) is expected to continue until tomorrow.