Thunderstorm causes panic in Ipoh village

Mohammad Nizar visiting one of the nine houses in Kampung Rapat Jaya Tambahan that were damaged by the storm.

HOUSEWIFE Puteri Rohaniza Supian watched in horror as the strong wind blew away the roof of her house in Kampung Rapat Jaya Tambahan during the latest thunderstorm in Ipoh.

The 35-year-old said the roof awning in the kitchen was ripped off from the ceiling at about 5pm.

The roof in one of the rooms was also blown away by the strong wind.

“It felt like a whirlwind had hit us,” she said during a visit by Sungai Rapat assembyman and state executive councillor Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin at the village.

Puteri Rohaniza panicked and ran to the front of the house to find a safe spot to take cover.

“I stayed there and waited for the storm to end,” she added.

Her home and a surau were badly damaged, but were part of nine houses in the village that were damaged in the thunderstorm.

Mohammad Nizar said the state government, his service centre and district office would lend assistance to the affected villagers with funds to repair the damages.

He said although the roof of the surau was badly damaged, there were no plans to replace the entire building.

“The cost of repairs should be between RM10,000 and RM12,000 to get zinc awnings, asbestos and wooden planks.

“We will ensure the victims get help as soon as possible,” he added.

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