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Flood victims in Penang now over 6,000; less than a thousand in Kedah.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng eating "nasi bungkus" with flood victims during their rounds of relief centres yesterday.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng eating "nasi bungkus" with flood victims during their rounds of relief centres yesterday.

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GEORGE TOWN, Nov 7 2017 : The number of flood victims in Penang has dropped to 6,080 comprising 1,572 families as of this morning, from 6,243 involving 1,588 families, last night.

A police flood operations room spokesman said Seberang Perai Utara district recorded the highest number, at 3,955 comprising 965 families.

“The number remains the same and some roads are still closed, among them, Jalan Lahar Yooi-Sungai Dua, Lahar Yooi-Padang Menora, Jalan Pokok Tampang and Jalan Padang Tonsun,” he said here today.

In Seberang Perai Tengah, the floods temporarily displaced 1,913 people involving 546 families; in Seberang Perai Selatan, 191 people from 53 families; and in Timur Laut, 21 people from eight families.

The spokesman said the flood in Timur Laut was subsiding, enabling the affected residents to return to their homes today.

“The victims are sheltered at 41 evacuation centres, and the floods in other districts are also subsiding,” he said.

Meanwhile, the weather in Seberang Perai is cloudy, and fine on the island.

Almost the whole of Penang was submerged in 0.2 to one metre of water from strong winds and heavy rain since Saturday, which also uprooted several trees.

The flood which has claimed seven lives is reported to be the worst ever experienced by the state.

Meanwhile in ALOR SETAR, it was reported that the number of flood victims in Kedah as at 8 am stands at 982, compared to 2,337 last night.

State Civil Defence director Lt Col (CD) Mohd Zul Khairi Shamsuddin said the number might go down further as the weather improves, enabling the residents to return to their homes.

All 271 families are being sheltered at 15 evacuation centres in Kuala Muda, Yan, Kulim, Baling, Bandar Baharu and Pendang. – Bernama

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