GEORGE TOWN: Continuous heavy rain since last night has seen many areas in Penang being submerged in flood waters.
While it is still not considered a major flood compared to the 1995 floods that hit Penang, even normally flood-free areas such as Air Itam and Paya Terubong which are considered as being on higher grounds, are not spared the flood misery as the water level has reached the roots of some homes there.
The state Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) and the Penang Fire and Rescue Department have both issued a code red warning on water levels of rivers reaching the danger zone.
Cars and houses were seen submerged in flood water with traffic at a standstill in several major roads on the island and mainland roads,
The state Fire and Rescue Department has also confirmed incidents of landslips in Paya Terubong.
Several roads have also been closed due to uprooted trees.
The Fire and Rescue Department along with other agencies such as the police and Civil Defence Department (JAPAN) are on standby with boats in case of any untoward incidents.
Northeast District police chief Asst Comm Anuar Omar said the worst hit areas include Air Itam, Paya Terubong, Bandar Baru Air Itam, Sungai Pinang, Bayan Baru, Batu Maung and Teluk Bahang on the island with Prai and Mak Mandin also badly affected.
The highest water levels are Sungai Pinang with a 3.2m deep water level which falls into the danger level category while Sungai Air Itam records a 7.34m deep water level, also at a danger level.
It is still raining at press time