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Two dead, thousands flee as floods hit Malaysia’s Penang

At least two people have been killed and almost 2,000 evacuated after a storm triggered serious flooding Sunday in Malaysia’s Penang, with the historic state capital under murky brown water.

The army was deployed to provide help after a torrential downpour lasting for 15 hours sparked the worst inundations in the northern state for years.Many streets in the capital George Town on Penang Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site which attracts hordes of foreign and domestic tourists, were submerged in deep dirty water.

“The sixth victim identified as Tan Ah Peow, 45, was found by his neighbor at 2pm today while the seventh victim, also a man, was found by a member of the public at 2.40pm,” Anuar said.

A Bangladeshi man was also killed while his friend was missing after a tree fell on their rented house in Kampung Perlis in Butterworth on Saturday night.Meteorological Department has forecast that the rain is set to continue after it showed signs of easing on Sunday (Nov 5) afternoon.In an update on Facebook, the department issued an “orange” alert warning, which indicates expected continuous rainfall with strong winds in the northern states of Kedah, Perlis and Penang

 

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