Floods Cause Evacuations, Flight Delays on Malaysia's Penang Island
PHOTO: Penang International Airport in Malaysia (photo via Twitter/KOMPAS Jakarta).
Heavy rainfall prompted flooding that led to multiple flight delays and evacuations in parts of Malaysia's Penang Island earlier this week.
The New Straits Times reported several roads in the island's main tourist area of Batu Ferringhi were flooded as well as the nearby Penang International Airport.
As many as a dozen flights were delayed at the airport because of heavy rain and wind and minor flooding was reported at the arrival hall, the terminal driveway and the waiting lounge.
"Traffic was backed up due to the high water level at a roundabout near the airport terminal," Penang International Airport senior manager Arif Jaafar told the Times.
The volume of water at the airport measured approximately eight or nine inches.
Passengers passing through the airport's ground floor terminal were forced to walk through sizable puddles and pick up their luggage or risk it getting wet.
Flash flood at the Penang airport today pic.twitter.com/5I0rR0oJa5— YR (@yatieyradzuan) July 18, 2016
Meanwhile, areas within Batu Ferringhi and the Teluk Bahang had to be evacuated because of severe flash floods that threatened to wash away cars and other property.
The Batu Ferringhi beachfront is a popular tourist destination and is known for its many international hotels and condos. Fortunately, no deaths were reported as a result of the severe weather.
For the most part, the rising waters have since subsided.
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