Malaysians turn to Twitter after the worst floods hit Penang

By: Johanna Chisholm - Posted on: November 6, 2017 | Current Affairs

The state’s worst flooding has left Penang submerged beneath metres of murky, brown water and has so far taken the lives of at least 7 people

Malaysia Fire and Rescue Department evacuate flood victims in George Town, Penang.
Malaysia Fire and Rescue Department evacuate flood victims in George Town, Penang. EPA/Malaysia Fire and Rescue Department

The Malaysian army has been deployed in Penang after the small northern state was ravaged by more than 24-hours of nonstop rain and typhoon-like winds on Sunday.

At least 3,000 people had been evacuated from their homes after a massive rainstorm triggered the worst flooding the state has ever witnessed.

As of last night, the regional police had confirmed 7 deaths, which included Chew Eng Lean, 78, Amanullah Shabib Kalandir, 75, Lau Guek Jee, 64, Chong Sin Thon, 97, and Tan Ah Peow, 45. The two other victims have not had their names released by police.

The chief minister, Lim Guan Eng, warned in a Facebook statement on Sunday that people should stay at home due to rising floodwater. And as of Monday morning, the water levels remained to be at least one metre high in parts of the mainland, though the rain had let up early yesterday.

It was not long after the effects of the storm began to be felt by Malaysians that they took to social media under the hashtag #PrayForPenang to begin sharing photos of the damage.

Cars submerged beneath metres of murky, brown water and flooded main intersections in the capital of George Town (a world UNESCO site) gave people around the world a peek into the devastation that Penang is waking up to today.

 

For Penangites, the news does not appear to be lightening up for the next week. The Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) issued a yellow alert today for Penang and surrounding areas. Yellow is categorised as a warning for continuous rains and heavy winds, which are expected to last for the next seven days.