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Penang reports rising number of flood victims

Nov 06. 2017
Swamped: Several cars are almost submerged in floodwaters in Desa Damai, Bukit Mertajam. — CHIN CHENG YEANG/The Star
Swamped: Several cars are almost submerged in floodwaters in Desa Damai, Bukit Mertajam. — CHIN CHENG YEANG/The Star
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By The Star
Asia News Network
GEORGE TOWN

The number of flood victims in Penang continues to rise with 5,845 recorded on Monday morning.

They are currently being sheltered at 62 evacuation centres.

The number of evacuees on Sunday night was 3,779.

Seberang Perai Utara district recorded the highest number of flood victims with 3,371, who are being housed at 30 centres, followed by Seberang Perai Tengah district with 2,119 staying at 27 centres.

The affected areas in Seberang Perai Utara are Sungai Dua, Nyior Sebatang, Lahar Yooi and Desa Murni while those in Seberang Perai Tengah are Kampung Tanjung Putus and Permatang Tinggi.

Thirty-three people are being sheltered at one centre in Seberang Perai Selatan district; 130 victims at two centres in Barat Daya district; and 192 people at two centres in Timur Laut district.

Meanwhile, Royal Malaysian Police, Civil Defence Force and Fire and Rescue Department personnel have been up and about from 6am to assist Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) students get to their schools for the respective examinations.

Almost the whole of Penang is flooded, with several areas inundated by 0.2m to 1m of floodwaters as a result of heavy rain and strong winds since Thursday.

The flood, reported to be the worst the state has ever experienced, has claimed seven lives.

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