Penang’s flood disaster has taken 7 lives: These photos show how chaotic things are on the ground

An unidentified man has become the seventh fatality in the Penang flood disaster.

A Bernama report carried by New Straits Times said that the shirtless body of the victim was found by a member of the public on Sunday afternoon. He did not have any identification documents on him.

Out of the six other victims, four were senior citizens while the other two were a 45-year-old man and a Bangladeshi man.

A total of 40 flood relief centres have been set up in Kedah, and more than 3,000 people have so far been evacuated, The Star reported on Monday (Nov 6).

According to The Star, waters were nearly 1m high in many parts of the mainland on Monday morning.

These photos show just how devastating the situation has been:

An aerial view shows the banks of a river overflowed after floodwater rose for more than 24 hours of incessant rain, in Kubang Semang, Bukit Mertajam, Penang, on November 5, 2017. 

Hizrat/Xero Photography via Reuters

The residential area in George Town was completely flooded after more than 24 hours of heavy rain. This is what it looked like on Sunday.

Hizrat/Xero Photography via Reuters

The stadium in George Town was also flooded on November 4.


Of course, cars were not spared.


Photos of the flood have been going viral on social media. This one shows two children sitting gingerly on the back of a car as flood water rises in the driveway of their home.

These photos of elderly men and women trapped in a nursing home at Jalan P. Ramlee show how dire the situation had become for them.

According to NST, the home’s residents are believed to have been successfully evacuated later.

This elderly woman making her way through the flood on a pegasus swimming float was also widely shared.

Penang Hospital was not spared from the floods, but reports say that it continued to function normally despite the difficult situation.

The military was deployed on Sunday to assist with rescue efforts.

This high school was also badly hit.

Aside from trees being uprooted, construction sites and roads were also badly affected. This road near a construction site in Beverly Hills, Tanjong Bunga, was completely damaged.