16 houses and stalls in Johor damaged in storm


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 30 Aug 2003

By HAMDAN RAJA ABDULLAH

TANGKAK: Fifteen houses in three villages here, one near Sagil and 16 stalls near the Tangkak mosque were damaged in a thunderstorm on Thursday. 

The storm, which hit three houses in Kampung Sialang Dalam, three in Kampung Kemuning and nine in Kampung Sialang Luar at 5pm, also damaged several hectares of crops. 

Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman, who visited the affected villagers, said the state government would allocate RM40,000 to repair their homes. 

“I have directed Ledang Umno division Youth chief Rahim Talip to look into the matter. 

“Since we will be celebrating the state-level National Day celebrations in Tangkak tomorrow, I want work to be carried out fast,” he said in Kampung Sialang Luar yesterday. 

Abdul Ghani said that as only the materials would be provided, the villagers would have to engage the workers. 

He suggested they form teams to repair their homes. 

A victim, Fathilah Sharil, 54, said she gathered her three children and her two-year-old granddaughter into one corner of her house when the storm hit.  

She said they were helpless when the zinc roof was blown away by the strong wind which lasted 15 minutes. 

“Part of my roof landed near a neighbour’s house about 30m away.  

“The wind seemed like a tornado, whirling all over the village and we were so scared that many shouted the Azan and prayed for the storm to stop,” she added.  

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