Heavy rain triggers flash floods in Penang

Heavy rain triggers flash floods in Penang
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GEORGE TOWN - Several areas in Penang were hit by flash floods on Monday.

Jalan P. Ramlee here and Lintang Pondok Upeh in Balik Pulau were flooded following several hours of heavy rain.

The water level of Sungai P. Ramlee rose following the downpour which started around 6pm. It reached knee-high at about 7.30pm.

Policemen were deployed to close the stretch at Jalan P. Ramlee to avoid vehicles from going in.

A spokesman from the Jalan Perak fire station said firemen were deployed to the scene.

"A boat was also deployed to transport the elderly and children out from their flooded units," he said, adding that the situation was under control.

The Civil Defence Department also sent a truck to ferry villagers.

In Balik Pulau, eight houses in Lintang Pondok Upeh were affected by the floods. A few trees were uprooted in Jalan Balik Pulau and Jalan Teluk Bahang.

Traffic was also moving slow at several major roads in Penang such as Jalan Masjid Negri, Lebuhraya Thean Teik and Lebuhraya Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu.

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