GEORGE TOWN, Nov 5 — The Penang Hill funicular train service has been suspended until further notice due to minor landslides last night.
Penang Hill Corporation (PHC) general manager Cheok Lay Leng said one train’s windscreen was damaged due to a fallen tree branch.
“Parts of the railway tracks were covered in mud and debris from the strong winds and rains last night so we are now working to clear the tracks,” he said when contacted today.
He said tree branches and mud have covered part of the tracks due to the rain and strong winds last night, and that it will be a slow process to clear the tracks.
“The tracks are narrow, we can only use manual labour to clear it and workers have to hike up the slopes to clear it so it will take time,” he explained.
He said all visitors on the hill have been safely brought down, adding that no one was stranded or injured during the storm last night.
Cheok said PHC has put in immediate orders for more spare parts from overseas as they used up existing stock for the train and track during the storms in September.
For now, he said PHC is still accessing the total damage to the tracks and train.
Last night, strong winds coupled with heavy rain hit the whole state causing floods in most areas while roads were blocked by fallen trees and debris.
About 2,000 victims, both on the island and mainland, were evacuated while the Penang government has called for assistance from the Malaysian Civil Defence Force.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who is also home minister ordered the National Security Council this morning to rope in the police and armed forces to provide flood help to disaster-struck Penang.