(Taken from malaysiakini,com)
Flash floods have occurred in several places in Penang following several hours of downpour on the 15th of September 2017. About 100 areas in five districts in Penang was hit by flash floods.
Penang Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the flash floods at dawn were caused by a inter-monsoon phenomenon experienced by the northern states in the peninsular of the country.
He said the state Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) rainfall stations recorded high rainfall in just four hours at 198 mm at the northeast district (Sungai Pinang station) and 175mm at the southwest district (Teluk Bahang Dam station), while other districts recorded heavy rainfall of between 60 – 120 mm.
The downpour also caused a landslide and resulted in several uprooted trees in Medan Fettes in Tanjung Bungah.
Locations hit in the southwest district include Kg Naran, Kg Sulup, Kg Nelayan, Bayan Baru, Sungai Pinang, Teluk Bahang, Sungai Rusa, Sungai Batu, Relau, Kampung Masjid, Pondok Upeh and several other villages.
In the northeast district, the affected areas includes Kg Masjid, Kg Makam, Jalan P. Ramlee, City Stadium Food Court, Jalan Tun Sardon, Farlim, Jalan Macallum, Taman Free School, Jalan Masjid and Kg Mutiara in Batu Ferringhi.
Several main roads near Masjid Negeri, Farlim and Paya Terubong were also cut off due to the rising water levels.
On the mainland, all three districts were hit by flash floods.
When contacted, Penang Civil Defence Department (APM) director, Pang Ah Leh, said the department had placed its members on alert and several vehicles including lorries and boats were deployed to the affected areas.