Trio crushed to death by brick wall in Penang storm

BUKIT MERTAJAM - Three Myanmar nationals were among four people killed during a storm in Penang which toppled walls, uprooted trees and blew off zinc sheets.

The foreigners, who were in their 20s and 30s, were crushed to death when a 12m-high brick wall they were building at a factory warehouse at Bukit Minyak Light Industrial Park here collapsed and fell on them.

The wall was believed to have collapsed due to strong winds at about 4.30pm yesterday.

Central Seberang Prai district police chief Asst Comm Rusli Mohd Noor said another person who was working with the three victims at the time escaped with minor injuries.

The fourth death occurred in Perak Lane on the island, where an uprooted tree fell on a house and killed Lim Chong Leong, 59, who lived there.

Lim was believed to have been hit by falling debris from a wall brought down by the tree at about 4.30pm. He died at the scene.

His sister, who declined to be named, said Lim was a bachelor.

"He had lived in the old house for more than a decade and worked as a parking attendant nearby," she said.

The hour-long storm also caused traffic congestion at several roads due to fallen trees. Affected places included the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway, Gurney Drive, Relau, George Town and Bandar Baru Air Itam.

The wind also brought down a metal sheet wall in Armenian Street, which resulted in the cancellation of the weekly Armenian Street Got Talent culture and art programme there.

Komtar assemblyman Teh Lai Heng, who was at the scene, said no one was injured as most people had sought shelter during the heavy rain.