KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 5 — Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has asked for military assistance following continuous stormy weather that has caused widespread floods and cut power supply in several areas across the island state.
In a video posted on his Facebook page, the DAP leader described strong winds and water rising 10 to 12 feet past the roofline in Penang and evacuation centres without electricity.
“Penang asks for help from the Armed Forces,” he said in the accompanying text post.
He also thanked Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi for picking up his phone call at 3.30am today.
“He promised to send the Armed Forces to save Penang,” Lim added and called on everyone to be patient while awaiting help to arrive.
In an updated post on his Facebook later, the Penang chief minister listed the following areas as flooded, citing information from the Penang City Council: Jalan Masjid Negeri, Jalan Perak in front of the Taman Abidin flats, Jalan Makloom, Jalan Free School, Jalan Terengganu, Jalan Sg Pinang and Lilitan Stadium.
High winds and heavy rains lashed the island since 2pm yesterday. By 7.30pm, almost 80 areas in the state were inundated with water following non-stop rain and rising river waters which coincided with high tides.
According to the state's Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID), the waters in some of the state rivers rose to dangerous levels. At 6.15pm, Sungai Dondang was at 22.11m, Sungai Air Itam at 6.84m and Sg Dondang at 22.11m.
The Malaysian Meteorological Department forecasts continuous heavy rains in Penang and in Kedah (Yan, Kuala Muda, Kulim and Bandar Baharu) today.