HAILSTORM and heavy rain swept across Changlun in Kedah and its surrounding areas damaging roofs of dozens of village houses and uprooting trees.
Tiny balls of ice falling from the sky along with the downpour affected more than 20 houses in Kampung Sungai Buluh, Kampung Batu 13, Kampung Lembah Keriang, Taman Teja and Kampung Masjid.
Villagers were surprised by the hailstorm which briefly happened during the three-hour downpour that started at 4.30pm on Wednesday.
They took photos and videos of the phenomenon before sharing them on social media.
Policemen from the Kubang Pasu and Changlun police stations are still assessing the damage incurred.
However, villagers managed to remove and clear the uprooted trees later that evening.
A villager, who wished to be known only as Yazid, said the rain ended at 7.30pm while the hailstorm happened at about 7pm, lasting for about 10 minutes.
Kubang Pasu OCPD Supt Mohd Ismail Ibrahim said as at 10.30pm on Wednesday, police received eight reports related to the incident at the Changlun and Bukit Kayu Hitam police stations.
He said the roofs of a few houses were blown away by strong winds but no casualties were reported.
“We have still not assessed the cost of damage, ” he said.
Several trees were uprooted along Km5 of the North-South Expressway heading to Bukit Kayu Hitam, he added.
Bukit Kayu Hitam assemblyman Halimaton Shaadiah Saad, who is also state women, family, community and welfare committee chairman visited the affected areas yesterday.