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GEORGE TOWN: Heavy continuous rain in the morning caused flash floods in low-lying areas and wreaked havoc in several neighbourhoods on the island.
The downpour also triggered massive traffic jams on several main roads and streets in the inner city.
The rain, which started from 7am, continued for three hours, had worsened the morning rush-hour congestion, with many people arriving late for work.
Several flood prone areas, including the roads near the Penang Hospital and the notorious Jalan P Ramlee were also hit, with the water level rising up to thigh level.
Many children in Jalan P Ramlee, taking advantage of the current school holidays, enjoyed themselves by splashing around in the water.
People living in the Sungai Pinang riverbank and Lorong Kulit were also seen braving through the knee deep flood water to carry out their housing chores.
Some cars were stalled while trying to negotiate water puddles along Jalan Barrack and Jalan Perak.
Traffic policemen were on hand to push the stranded vehicles out to clear the traffic congestion.
The water also gushed into homes in Jalan Terengganu, damaging furniture and electrical goods in the living rooms, with people scrambling to salvage household items from being destroyed.
Among the roads affected by the flood were Jalan Datuk Keramat, Jalan Perak, Jalan Anson, Lebuh Mcnair and Lorong Cintra and several narrow streets.
Some areas along Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah and Jalan Masjid Negeri were also flooded.
A minor accident at Lebuhraya Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu also led to traffic congestion along the busy expressway.
Meanwhile, a wall collapsed and went crashing into a house in Taman Hong Seng. The fallen structure also partially damaged an adjacent house.
Another wall structure also tumbled in the Tanjung Bungah hillside and fell on top of three cars parked along the roadside.
Fortunately, no one was injured in the two incidents. The flood water receded at about noon.