Penang storm victims urged to apply for aid


GEORGE TOWN: Families affected by the freak storm on Friday can apply for state government aid.

State welfare and caring society committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said there were two types of financial assistance available for victims – the Penang State Disaster Fund and the Governor’s Disaster Relief Fund.

“House owners must lodge a police report and take photos of the damage as evidence before applying for the aid.

“We are in the process of identifying the number of victims, ” he told Bernama.

Phee said more than 500 homes had since been confirmed affected and the extent of damage was still being determined.

Under the State Disaster Fund, each affected household will get a one-off RM500 payment while the Governor’s Disaster Relief Fund will provide 10% of the damage property subject to a maximum of RM5, 000.

On Friday, several areas in the northern region were hit by thunderstorms and strong winds.

More than 300 trees were uprooted in Penang.

In Kangar, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azlan Man said the government would provide financial aid of between RM5, 000 and RM30, 000 each to the 883 affected residents to repair their damaged homes.

“We will work with the Perlis Islamic Religious Council (MAIPs) and the Social Welfare Department to ensure that aid gets to the affected families, ” he said.

The state government had also provided necessities such as food and water to the victims, he added.

In Alor Setar, the body of the man who fell from his fibre boat was found in Titi Tok Arab, Jerlun, on Sunday.

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency Kuala Kedah chief Commander Mahmad Faizal Ahmad said the body of 62-year-old Azimat Hassan was found at 6.25pm and sent to the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital.

Education and Human Resource Committee chairman Dr Salmee Said said 171 schools in Kedah were damaged by the storm.

“The damage included broken roofs and ceilings and some will take one month to repair, ” he said.

Eleven nurseries were also damaged in Kedah and Perlis.

Rural Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun said four of the nurseries were in Kedah and the rest in Perlis.

“We expect it to be repaired as early as next week, ” she told reporters after visiting storm victims in Taman Indah yesterday.

Rina added that her ministry would also provide the necessary assistance to the storm victims, especially those from the lower-income group (B40).


   

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