GEORGETOWN — Nov. 8, 2017: The Penang Hill funicular train service will be closed for a month for recovery and restoration due to the extreme weather conditions since last Saturday.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the hill has been affected by the aftermath of the recent conditions, with 68 incidences of landslides, rockfalls, fallen trees and branches along the railway track, jeep track and at the summit.
“This is unprecedented, never happened before. Penang is unfortunate indeed to be hit not just by the Damrey typhoon that hit Vietnam but unexpected fierce 40 miles per hour winds that had never seen before in Malaysia.
“Hopefully the recovery and restoration can be done within a month… hopefully before Christmas,” he said at a press conference today.
Almost the whole of Penang was affected by floods following gale-force winds and heavy rain that struck from Saturday, prompting Lim to appeal for federal assistance.
The floods claimed seven lives.
The recovery and restoration will focus on three main areas — the funicular track, summit and jeep track.
According to Lim, 36 landslide locations have been identified at the summit while fallen trees and branches have been cited along the rail track.
Lim also assured that water and electricity supply to certain areas will be fully restored by next week.
Penang Hill Corporation is appealing for volunteers to assist in clearance work. Those interested can email [email protected] or call 04-8288880 or walk in to the corporation’s office at Level 7, Bangunan Perbadanan Bukit Bendera, Jalan Stesen, Bukit Bendera. — Bernama