Healing Penang Hill


The storm of November 4 left Penang Hill in a sorry state. But within two months, things were practically back to normal. This is how it was recovered.

The freak storm on the night of November 4 battered Penang with strong winds and unrelenting rain, which lasted for 15 hours. It brought chaos throughout the state – roads were blocked by fallen trees, houses were submerged under floodwater and the military was deployed to evacuate the victims.

Up on Penang Hill, over 180 people – including residents, workers and tourists – were stranded. As many as 194 incidences of landslides, rockfalls, fallen trees and branches along the railway track, jeep track, major roads and paths on the summit area were reported.

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