Floods hit parts of Penang late this evening after continuous rain over the last 18 hours. Twenty house in the Pulau Betong area were submerged.
A newspaper editor told me he was wading in waist-deep to chest-high waters in the Jalan P Ramlee area. Some parts are submerged in five feet of water. “It’s the worst flood here since 1995,” he said.
Francis Light School has been turned into a relief centre. About 250 families in the P Ramlee/Perak Road area are being provided with food and rations. It is now drizzling and the floods appear to be receding.
Meanwhile, about 2,000 affected residents in Balik Pulau are refusing to evacuate, but no action has been taken as flood waters are receding.
The Teluk Kumbar to Balik Pulau road is blocked; and it will take several hours for it to be reopened.
Crotalus reports from Sungai Ara:
Went to Sg. Ara area in Penang. The main road was totally flooded. I don’t think my car is gonna start tomorrow. Was stuck in the flood…covering the height of my car tyre.
Over on the mainland, BM area as usual was totally in chaos…flood everywhere.
Lucky8 too reports on his not-so-lucky experience in Sungai Ara:
My place in Sungai Ara was having some flash flood … 6″- 1 foot high… need to relocate our cars to other place for parking and move things at home to a higher place as well. It lasted for about 1/2 hour plus, I guess. This morning, I could see many people cleaning their houses especially the car porch and in front of each house with a lot of mud on the road…
Lucia reports from the Green Lane/Macalister Road area:
I wanted to attend the 916 forum too but due to the rain and flood, i didn’t! First time our church (in Macalister road) was flooded! (Not inside, just outside, I mean). It’s terrible!
… It’s terrible that each time there is heavy downpour, flood! What was KTK doing?
Lilian reports from Taman Lumba Kuda:
My place in Taman Lumba Kuda, opposite the State Mosque, next to St. Xavier’s Primary school Air Itam is flooded as well. Wanted to go to Han Chiang for the forum, got there, but the water was rising fast in the car park. After considering the risk, I left. One of my cars was already in the workshop due to a freak flood about two weeks ago. Already alerted the staff of the Adun in my area (the CM’s constituency of Air Putih-lah) and hope they find out what’s the cause.
Over on the mainland, the situation in some areas of Seberang Perai Utara and Seberang Perai Tengah is bad, and 46 people have been evacuated.
The state’s emergency operations room in Komtar has been activated. The Civil Defence team has been mobilised while the state-level disaster relief team is on standby.
Really, something has to be done to look into the drainage at these flood-prone areas.