> 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.