KUALA LUMPUR – Road and air traffic were thrown into chaos at Penang, after a storm battered the Malaysian state on Sept 3. And local government warned that such harsh weather may persist till end of the year.
Torrential rain had caused several roads to be closed due to flash floods, and the Penang International Airport had to delay flights.
Penang’s Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh told Malaysian daily The Star that the floods were due to the sheer volume of the downpour.
Mr Phee urged the public to be mentally prepared for these types of weather from now until the end of the year, and assured that emergency evacuation and rescue teams are on standby.
“There are currently 14 tropical storms including three hurricanes in the South China Sea and Pacific Ocean,” he said.
“We expect weather like this from now until the end of the year.”