GEORGE TOWN- Rescuers here saved 17 people who were trapped in their homes which were inundated by floodwaters as a heavy downpour continues to pummel the state. Eight of those rescued were children.
Many low-lying areas here are completely inundated, with waters at chest-level.
Among the worst-affected areas are Balik Pulau, Jelutong, Air Itam and Paya Terubong.
A Fire and Rescue Department spokesman said that they are on high alert and closely monitoring the situation.
Several areas on the mainland are also flooded following continuous heavy rainfall since last night. They include Taman Bagan, Mak Mandin and Permatang Pauh.
Meanwhile, a landslide occurred near a residential area at Medden Fettes, Tanjung Bungah.
A tree felled by the landslide landed on several vehicles parked along the side of a hill, next to a high rise residence. Water could be seen gushing from the landslide area.
No casualty was reported, however.
A Fire and Rescue Department spokesman said that its personnel are on their way to the scene.
Elsewhere, floodwaters are continuing to rise at several areas on the island, including Parti Lumba Kuda, Kampung Pantai Acheh, Jalan Lumba Kuda, Kampung Permatang Pasir and Jalan Thien Teik 2.
Amidst the flash floods, which are a chronic problem here, netizens have taken to social media to vent their frustration at the Penang government.
They also poked fun at Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s now-famous saying “Tak hujan tak banjir” (No rain, no floods).
Franky Yong posted: “PENANG DARUL BANJIR – Another product of CAT!”
Helvin Henry said: “Near my place All Seasons … this place has never seen floods as far as I can remember … but this year, twice already.”
Azizi Safar said: “Wah … it is raining teh tarik in Penang”. -NST