Eighty storm victims still seeking shelter at Johor Jaya relief centre

JOHOR BARU: The number of victims placed at the Dewan Taman Johor Jaya temporary relief centre (PPS) has dropped slightly from 93 people to 80 people here.

Johor Civil Defence Force (APM) disaster operations chief Mohd Aziz Jupri said that the families had been transferred to the PPS after the roofs of their flats were destroyed during a thunderstorm on Friday (Aug 12).

"The families were from the damaged units at Flat Ros Merah that were destroyed by strong winds and heavy rain at about 3pm Friday," he said in a statement here on Saturday (Aug 13).

The PPS was set up at 4.30pm to temporarily place the victims, he added.

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

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

The Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) said that the thunderstorm had also affected 30 other locations around the city centre.

"MBJB, through its Skuad Kilat, has begun removing fallen trees and cleaning up the damaged area.

"The Johor state government has also agreed to allocate an emergency aid worth RM1mil to repair the damage," it said.

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