RM1mil needed to repair flat units in Johor damaged by storm


Johor housing and local government committee chairman Datuk Mohd Jafni Md Shukor (left) and Johor Baru City Council councillor Chan San San (right) visiting a damaged unit at Flat Ros Merah on Aug 12, 2022.

JOHOR BARU: About RM1mil is needed to repair the damaged units at Flat Ros Merah that were destroyed by strong winds and heavy rain on Friday (Aug 12) afternoon.

Johor housing and local government committee chairman Datuk Mohd Jafni Md Shukor said not only do the roofs need repairing, the electrical wiring and water piping have to be mended as well.

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“I will bring the matter to Mentri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi for discussion and see whether the state government can approve a special allocation as soon as possible for this purpose.

“If we wait for the Housing and Local Government Ministry, the duration might be long as there is a procurement process to go through,” he told reporters after visiting the flats in Taman Johor Jaya here.

Mohd Jafni said about 50 families were affected by the incident that left the units on the fifth floor of the 22-year-old flats uninhabitable.

A study would also be conducted to ensure that it is safe for the residents to stay after the repairs are done, he added.

Preparations being made at Dewan Taman Johor Jaya to house those whose homes were destroyed by strong winds and heavy rain on Aug 12, 2022.  Preparations being made at Dewan Taman Johor Jaya to house those whose homes were destroyed by strong winds and heavy rain on Aug 12, 2022.

He advised the affected residents to relocate to Dewan Taman Johor Jaya for shelter as a temporary relief centre has been set up there.

“It is safer and more comfortable there compared to remaining at their damaged homes as we do not want other untoward incidents from happening,” he added.

Meanwhile, teacher Nur Izzari Hassan said the gardening shed at the school where she teaches in Taman Megah Ria was damaged by a fallen tree.

The 34-year-old said she was driving near Taman Bukit Rinting in Masai at around 1.30pm Friday when strong winds hit along with a heavy downpour.

“It was quite scary at the time as I could not see the road clearly.

“The next thing I know, I could see uprooted trees and some fallen tree branches also hit my windshield,” she said, adding that she was thankful that her car was not damaged.

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