Over 300 houses in Ipoh damaged in whirlwind caused by freak storm

IPOH: Over 300 houses here were affected during the freak storm that hit the city on Sunday (Jan 30) evening.

A Perak Fire and Rescue Department spokesman said they have received reports that a whirlwind occurred between 6pm and 6.30pm whereby the houses in several areas were damaged.

These areas, he said, included Kampung Tawas, Taman Tasik Damai, Taman Desa Seri Chepor and Kampung Seri Klebang Tambahan.

"No lives were reportedly lost and things are under control," he said in a statement.

"All relevant agencies, including Ipoh police, the Kinta Public Works Department, Civil Defence Department, Ipoh City Council, Chemor and Tanjung Rambutan's Penghulu Office and Tenaga Nasional Bhd are on the ground to provide their assistance," he added.

Roofs of numerous houses were reportedly blown off, while electrical poles and trees were also felled during the incident.

Some residents in Kampung Tawas had described the incident as being hit by a "tornado".

Video clips of roof tiles and awnings being blown and hurled about by the whirlwind have also gone viral on social media.

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