Johor govt provides temporary housing to family affected by storm

JOHOR BARU: The 18 families in Taman Johor Jaya, whose homes were damaged in a storm will be moved to temporary housing.

The roofs of their homes at Flat Ros Merah were blown away by strong wind and they would be temporarily housed at the People’s Housing Project (PPR), Pelangi Indah, Ulu Tiram.

Johor housing and local government committee chairman Datuk Mohd Jafni Md Shukor said the victims would be placed there until the repair works at their damaged home have been completed.

"The cleanup and repair works have started today (Tuesday, Aug 16) and 18 of the 36 families have agreed to be moved from the temporary relief shelter (PPR) at Dewan Serbaguna Taman Johor Jaya to PPR Pelangi Indah.

"We will be handing over the key houses to them tomorrow (Wednesday, Aug 17) at 2.30pm," he said when contacted.

Mohd Jafni added that the victims would be moved into an empty unit at the PPR, which is located about 5km away from the current PPS, to give them a proper place to stay.

"The repair work is expected to be completed within six to eight weeks before they can move back into their houses.

"We have offered the remaining other victims but they prefer to stay at their other family members' homes,” he said, adding that each family member was also given RM2,500 one-off financial aid.

The state government had also handed over RM300 to 18 children to help buy school necessities that have been damaged, he added.

On Friday (Aug 12), several houses and flats in the Masai area were affected by an ongoing heavy downpour and strong winds that blew away their roofs.

Mohd Jafni said that the cost of repair was about RM1mil and would involve roof repairs, electrical wiring and water piping.

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