It was a bleak Deepavali on Saturday for thousands of Hindus and other Penangites as several densely-populated areas in George Town City submerged under flash floods.
The flood occurred following a few hours of heavy rain which started at 3pm.
The heavy downpour may have receded by 8pm.
But before that it was a nightmare for Penangites.
The knee-high flood submerged many homes in Jalan P. Ramlee and Bandar Baru Air Itam, and brought city traffic to a standstill.
Dozens of cars and motorcycles submerged under the flash floods in Lebuhraya Thean Teik and Jalan Thean Teik in Bandar Baru Air Itam.
Flood water seeped into common areas of flats in Bandar Baru Air Itam.
Floods waters struck Jalan Masjid Negeri – a main link road from Penang Bridge to other parts of the island, Jalan Paya Terubong – a link road between Air Itam and Relau and Balik Pulau, and Taman Lumba Kuda, which ironically comes under Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s state constituency of Air Putih.
Water spillover from Sungai Dondang and Sungai Air Itam also contributed to the flash flood Jalan Air Itam, Bandar Baru Air Itam and Jalan Masjid Negeri.
An uprooted tree also reportedly hit a parked vehicle at Jalan Patani.
In Jalan P. Ramlee, residents waded through the floods to salvage their belongings and transfer their household items to higher ground.
A near tragedy was averted when a muddy soil came crashing down from a hill slope in Paya Terubong but missed several parked cars.
The latest flash flood was series of floods that happened in Penang for past year.
Previously Penang used to have only hot and wet seasons.
Now Penangites got one more – flash floods.