Heavy rainfall in Penang leads to flash floods, minor landslides

Heavy rainfall since 9pm last night has caused flash floods and minor landslides to occur in several areas in Penang.

Phee Boon Poh, who is the state executive councillor for welfare, caring society and the environment, said two relief centres have been opened so far.

“The Dewan JKKK (village development and security committee) of Ladang Lada (Pepper Estate) will be used for families affected by two landslides from Road 3, Pepper Estate. The landslides happened early this morning,” Phee said.

It has been learnt that the landslides were minor ones.

Phee also said that nine families totalling 21 persons – four men, eight women, seven children, and two babies – had been evacuated since 9am to the Mak Mandin relief centre on the mainland.

In addition, a female senior citizen was also evacuated to the centre.

According to The Star, a spokesperson for the Fire and Rescue Department said the affected areas included Kampung Masjid, Kampung Rawa, Jalan P. Ramlee, Lintang P. Ramlee, Kampung Makam and Jalan Kuantan.

Penang Island City Councillor Syerleena Abdul Rashid said some areas had already recorded approximately 100mm of rainfall.

She added that the rain clouds were stagnant, and that it was expected to rain for “quite sometime” in Penang, although the intensity would vary in some areas.

“Both local councils on the island and Seberang Perai are on alert. The state government and relevant agencies are also notified. Everyone is on high alert,” Syerleena said on Facebook.

Syerleena also said MBPP is currently removing boulders and clearing affected areas on Jalan Batu Ferringhi, a few metres from Double Tree Hilton Hotel, Batu Ferringhi.

“Please be patient. It is still raining and all relevant departments are working hard to ensure safety for all road users.”

On the mainland, state executive councillor Chong Eng said some areas such as Jalan Tembikai in Bukit Mertajam had been inundated with one foot of water.

Batu Kawan MP Kasthuri Patto said it did not look like the rain was going to stop anytime soon.

“Please prepare for any possibility of flood and if you need help please, please don’t wait or hesitate to call for help sooner than later,” she added, in a post on Facebook today.

 

Artikel disiar pada January 5, 2018 - 3:45 pm oleh Susan Loo

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