Penang underwater, yet again

AUDREY DERMAWAN


GEORGE TOWN: A two-hour rainstorm, just before 7pm, caused flash floods in several parts of the state.

Among the badly affected areas were Bayan Baru and Jalan Kampung Relau where cars were reportedly stuck in floodwaters that rose as high as knee level.

Other affected areas were Paya Terubong, Farlim, Jalan Masjid Negeri, Sungai Dua and the flood-prone Jalan P. Ramlee and its surroundings.

This is the second flooding incident in the past one week.

On Tuesday, an hour long heavy downpour wreaked havoc in several parts of the state, with the northeast district hit the hardest.

Motorists using the Penang Bridge also reported seeing a waterspout.

State Local Government Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow took to social media to urge Penangites to be wary of the flash floods and to be prepared for any untoward incident.

Meanwhile, Netizens took to Facebook to condemn the latest round of flooding.

Alex Thomas said: “This is the consequences o uncontrolled development, clogged drains and waste from construction sites.”

As of 9.30pm, rain was still reported in several parts of the state and the floodwaters have yet to recede.

So far, no evacuation has been reported from areas affected by the flash floods.