Accident site: The uprooted tree at Jalan Development, Kepong, which caused the death of a pregnant woman.
KUALA LUMPUR: A freak storm swept through various parts of the city and its suburbs, with the Fire and Rescue department saying a woman in Kepong died when an uprooted tree fell on her.
The 41-year-old woman, who was four months’ pregnant, was said to be walking along Jalan Development when the storm struck at around 4.30pm yesterday.
However, it was only around 6pm that rescuers from the department noticed the trapped woman among the branches of the fallen tree. She was not crushed or severely injured.
Her husband, who wished to be known only as Tan, said he found out about the accident after returning home from work at around that time.
The distraught husband, who was met at the Selayang Hospital, declined to talk further other than saying his wife was four months’ pregnant. It is learned that she was carrying their third child.
A resident, who did not want to be named, said he recognised the woman, who lived nearby, as working at the market selling vegetables.
Another resident said they had heard a noise believed to be a tree crashing at about 4.30pm during the storm.
Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue department assistant director (operations) Azizan Ismail said his men rushed to the scene when they received a call regarding the uprooted tree at 6.02pm.
“Only when we were clearing the debris that we saw the victim’s body,” he said.
Azizan said the freak storm also uprooted trees and damaged vehicles in other areas as well, including at Jalan Bukit Bintang, Jalan Loke Yew and Taman Maluri among others.
No other casualties were reported.