Man escapes death after porch collapses due to thunderstorm

  • Nation
  • Friday, 17 Apr 2020

IPOH: An unemployed man escaped death when the porch of his rented house in Pasir Pinji collapsed during a thunderstorm.

Loo Song Wong, 71, who was sitting outside the wooden house, decided to seek shelter inside his home as Thursday's storm intensified.

"I moved in as it started to rain heavily and the wind was getting strong.

"As soon as I moved away, the whole porch came down and nearly crushed me to death," said Loo, who is now staying with a neighbour as he is unable to enter his own house.

"I slept at my neighbour's house. I hope someone can help me remove the debris," he said.

About 80 houses and 30 shoplots in the area were reported to have been damaged during the 4pm thunderstorm.

There were no casualties, but several trees were uprooted, while zinc roofs were blown off.

Another resident, Choo Kim Wah, 85, said the roof was damaged and rain poured into his living room and bedroom.

Choo, who lives with four other family members, said they were then forced to retreat to two rooms.

"I hope to get help to fix the roof. It's not something I can do myself," he said.

Pasir Pinji assemblyman, Howard Lee, urged the government to come up with a standard operating procedure on how to deal with natural disasters amid the movement control order (MCO) period.

Speaking to reporters Friday (April 17) after visiting several victims, he said there should be guidelines for authorities and the people to follow.

"It's not only for the folks here, but a disaster can strike anytime in other parts of the country too.

"Some people do not know whether they can get handymen to help them fix their roofs.

"I was told by the police that the handymen are allowed to operate temporarily, but I think there should be a clearer guideline on this.

"Those affected should be allowed to get their houses fixed so they can stay home," he added.

Lee also said he hoped some Good Samaritans, hardware factory owners and non-governmental organisations can donate funds or materials to help the needy fix their homes.

"I heard that some hardware shops are running low on building supplies and materials like zinc sheets, plywood and bricks.

"Anyone who wish to help can reach out to me at my service centre or through Facebook."

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