SIMPANG RENGGAM: A nine-year-old boy risked his life to save his six-year-old sister when a violent windstorm swept through their village in Layang-Layang, some 30km from here.
Mohd Shahjehan Rosmizan and Nuraina Umie Najeeha were playing near their home in Rumah Murah Fasa II, Layang-Layang, around 5.50pm on Monday when they saw a “swirling” wind moving towards them.
“My sister and I quickly held on to a nearby fence with all our might because we knew we could not make it back to our house.
“As the wind came nearer, pieces of zinc roof and planks fell around us,” said Mohd Shahjehan.
He added that they might have been blown away had they not been holding on tightly to the fence.
When he saw a piece of zinc flying towards his sister, he kicked her to the ground to prevent the girl from sustaining serious injuries.
His action saved Nuraina’s life but Mohd Shahjehan had to take 12 stitches after the zinc hit him in his head. His right ear was nearly severed while Nuraina had to have three stitches on her head and nose.
Their mother, Azlina Yunus, 30, said she had heard thunder and wanted to look for her children but was forced to stay indoors with her two-year-old baby when she saw the swirling wind some 30m in front of her.
She felt helpless as her husband Rosmizan Rohani, 27, a lorry driver, had just left for work. When the windstorm ended, Azlina found her children at the doorstep with blood dripping from their heads and rushed them to a clinic.
Witnesses claimed they saw planks, zinc, asbestos, branches and wires flying some 70m up in the air, swirling in what looked to them like a tornado which brought destruction as it passed through their village.
Houses belonging to 204 families comprising 1,025 people residing in Kampung Baru and Rumah Murah Fasa II were badly damaged while several houses were destroyed when the “tornado,” which lasted around 10 minutes, swept through the area before it started to rain.