Two die in Penang flash floods

Nov 5, 2017
Army personnel helping flood victims. Photo from Hishammuddin Hussein Twitter account

GEORGE TOWN: Two people have died in the flash floods that hit Penang, reported The Star Online.

The two, a 75-year-old man and an elderly woman were reported to have died in the early hours this morning.

The man drowned in his house in Kampung Masjid along Jalan Perak while the unidentified woman perished at an old folks home in Jalan P. Ramlee, the portal reported.

Both bodies were taken to the Penang Hospital by the Fire and Rescue Department for post mortem, said George Town OCPD Asst Comm Anuar Omar.

Bernama had reported that a Bangladeshi man was killed while a friend of his was missing after a tree fell on their rented house in Kampung Perlis, Jalan Assumption in Butterworth during the storm havoc last night.

It also reported that 104 patients and four newborn babies had to be evacuated in Hospital Pulau Pinang.

The state health department said the flood at the hospital affected wards, neonatal intensive care and transportation units located on the ground floor.

A directive was issued by the hospital director and was carried out between 2.30am and 5.30am.

“All patients involved have been transferred to safer wards,” said the statement.

The Star Online also reported that Armed Forces chief Jen Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor as saying that a few hundred personnel have been deployed to help in flood relief and rescue efforts.

“We have already deployed our personnel to Penang due to the gravity of the situation,” he was quoted as saying.

“Our commander is on the ground to assess whether additional manpower and assets are needed.”

He added that military personnel from all wings of the Armed Forces were prepared for action to ensure relief efforts were done smoothly.

The portal also reported of a “landslide-cum-sinkhole” had torn up a road at Tanjung Bungah.

It happened in front of a row of newly-built luxury houses on a hillside.

“The landslide occurred at Persiaran Tanjung Bungah 3, and the land slipped down to the base of a towering condominium downhill,” the portal said.

It added that the sheer retaining wall between the houses and condominium then gave way leading to laterite earth pushing a steel wall outwards.

The portal also said that the winds that stirred up huge waves were strong enough to partially throw a ferry onto the dock in Butterworth.

One end of the vessel has been lodged on the concrete dock since 2am despite weighing 440 tonnes.

An officer at the ferry dock said it would be impossible to push it back to sea.