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Res­i­dents urged to stay in­doors amid flash floods

- Weather · Disasters · Incidents · Kuala Lumpur · Malaysia · Penang · Lim Guan Eng · George Town · Kedah

KUALA LUMPUR: Flash floods caused by hours of tor­ren­tial rain killed at least five peo­ple in Malaysia and mil­i­tary forces were de­ployed yesterday to help res­cue thou­sands of displaced peo­ple in the north­ern state of Pe­nang.

About 3 000 peo­ple had been evac­u­ated and housed in tem­po­rary shel­ters as nearly 80% of Pe­nang was hit by typhoon-like winds and heavy rain, its chief min­is­ter Lim Guan Eng said in a state­ment.

He said flood­wa­ters had risen to 3-4 me­tres.

Lim also warned in a Face­book post that more rain was ex­pected and ad­vised res­i­dents to stay at home.

Troops fanned out in Pe­nang to clear blocked routes and clean up. Hun­dreds of trees were top­pled and roads were sub­merged in Pe­nang’s his­toric cap­i­tal of Ge­orge Town, leav­ing many ar­eas largely paral­ysed.

The Malaysian state news agency said five peo­ple had been killed due to the floods.

“We re­main fear­ful that there may still be un­to­ward in­ci­dents be­cause of the strong winds, the like of which have never been ex­pe­ri­enced be­fore, and flash floods might re­cur,” Lim told re­porters in Pe­nang ear­lier yesterday.

The South­east Asian na­tion’s me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal ser­vice fore­cast stormy weather con­tin­u­ing in Pe­nang as well as the neigh­bour­ing north­ern states of Kedah and Perlis. – Reuters

 ?? PIC­TURE: AP ?? An aerial view shows a flooded George Town city in Pe­nang, Malaysia, yes­ter­day. A north­ern Malaysian state has been paral­ysed by a se­vere storm that led to two deaths and some 2000 peo­ple evac­u­ated in the worst flood­ing in years, of­fi­cials say.
PIC­TURE: AP An aerial view shows a flooded George Town city in Pe­nang, Malaysia, yes­ter­day. A north­ern Malaysian state has been paral­ysed by a se­vere storm that led to two deaths and some 2000 peo­ple evac­u­ated in the worst flood­ing in years, of­fi­cials say.

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