Thun­der­storm havoc

> Down­pour causes flash floods in sev­eral ar­eas in Pe­nang


GE­ORGE TOWN: Heavy rain wreaked havoc at sev­eral places in Pe­nang with one ca­su­alty re­ported yes­ter­day.

So­cial me­dia was abuzz with pic­tures of up­rooted trees across the is­land and main­land, es­pe­cially in Sun­gai Pi­nang and Ta­man Lip Sin.

A Nepalese man was killed when an oil palm tree crashed on the hut he was sleep­ing in at an oil palm plan­ta­tion in Jalan Tasek, Sim­pang Am­pat in Ni­bong Te­bal.

The vic­tim, Nur­ing Na­bang, 20, died at the scene af­ter be­ing crushed un­der the hut, re­ported Ber­nama. The in­ci­dent was be­lieved to have hap­pened at about 4.30am when there was heavy rain and strong winds.

When con­tacted, the Pe­nang Is­land city coun­cil­lor Mo­hamed Yusuff Mo­hammed Noor said work­ers had been sent to clean up the af­fected ar­eas.

“Work is be­ing car­ried out to re­move the up­rooted trees, es­pe­cially at Se­berang Prai, Prai and Bukit Mer­ta­jam.

“There are many places in the is­land which have been af­fected by the thun­der­storm,” he said.

Heavy rain, which started at 7.30am, caused flash floods in sev­eral ar­eas along Jalan P. Ram­lee.

The floods, how­ever, re­ceded in the af­ter­noon when the rain stopped at about 11.30am.

State Lo­cal Govern­ment, Traf­fic and Flood Mit­i­ga­tion exco Chow Kon Yeow said the af­fected ar­eas were Kam­pung Dodol, Kam­pung Makam, Jalan Sing­gora, Jalan P. Ram­lee and Jalan Air Ter­jun.

He said 45 house­holds with some 100 peo­ple were af­fected by the down­pour.

A group of peo­ple help­ing to push a car through the flood wa­ters in Jalan P. Ram­lee yes­ter­day.

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