JOHOR BAHRU (Bernama): About 140 families from seven villages are believed to have been affected by heavy rains and a storm in Tanjung Sedili, near Kota Tinggi on Friday (July 23) evening.
The seven affected villages are Kampung Sri Gading, Kampung Teluk Jeri, Kampung Teluk Jeri Luar, Kampung Teluk Jeri Dalam, Kampung Tanah Putih, Taman Sedili and Kampung Sedili Besar.
Kota Tinggi district police chief Supt Hussin Zamora said the storm which occurred between 4 pm and 5.20 pm ruined several houses, especially the roofs and car porches.
"A house in the police quarters near the Sedili police station suffered damage to its roof as well,” he said in a statement on Friday night.
Hussin said that two relief shelters have been set up at Sekolah Kebangsaan Sri Setia Jaya and Sekolah Kebangsaan Sedili Besar, adding that no injuries or deaths were reported and that the cost of the damage is being investigated.
In a separate statement, Johor maritime director First Admiral (Maritime) Nurul Hizam Zakaria said the Tanjung Sedili Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) office was also affected by the heavy rain and strong winds at 3.30 pm today.
An MMEA patrol boat being repaired at a nearby dock was also damaged by falling metal and roof tiles. No deaths or injuries, however, were reported in the incident and MMEA operations in the area continued as usual. - Bernama