Penang braces itself for another round of floods

There were several landslides in the areas of Balik Pulau and Batu Ferringhi, which hampered access on some roads.
There were several landslides in the areas of Balik Pulau and Batu Ferringhi, which hampered access on some roads.PHOTO: THE STAR PUBLICATION

GEORGE TOWN (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK)- Penang is bracing itself for another round of floods after hours of lashing rains on Thursday (Sept 21).

The Fire and Rescue Services Department warned on Thursday that the Sungai Pinang river had reached the danger level of 2.2 metres, and that predicted high tides could bring flash floods.

There were several landslides in the areas of Balik Pulau and Batu Ferringhi, which hampered access on some roads.

Over 100 people in Teluk Kumbar were evacuated as a precaution.

Malaysian Civil Defence Force (APM) Penang director Colonel Pang Ah Lek said the residents from Teluk Kumbar were evacuated due to fears that the water level would rise further with the incessant rain.

Meanwhile, the driver of an ice truck lost control of his vehicle on Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu road near Queensbay Mall.

The vehicle fell on its side after hitting the railings, however no casualties were reported.

 

Penang recently experienced its worst flash floods in 20 years, on Sept 15.

A woman lost her life after being washed away by gushing flood waters and all roads to the central business district in Georgetown were cut off.