Fifteen schools in KL damaged by May 19 storm, says Works Minister

One of the schools that had its roof blown off in the storm. - Photo: Alexander Nanta Linggi Facebook

KUALA LUMPUR: The heavy rain and storm that hit the federal capital on Friday (May 20) evening caused 15 schools to be damaged, says Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi.

Works Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi said in the incident, the schools concerned were found to have had roofs torn off as well as damage due to falling trees.

"The Kuala Lumpur Public Works Department (JKR) is carrying out further checks to identify in more depth the type and extent of damage to all the schools involved.

"For now, JKR has advised the schools, including teachers and students, to avoid entering the affected areas until the safety of the locations is ensured first," he said in a post on Facebook Saturday (May 20).

According to him, the Works Ministry, through JKR, will work closely with the Education Ministry to ensure that efforts to investigate, repair and control security can be coordinated well and as quickly as possible.

The schools involved are SMK Desa Perdana, SK Yaacob Latif, SK Salak South, SK Danau Perdana, SJKC Jalan Imbi, SK Cochrane, SMK(P) Methodist.

The others affected are SK Setapak, SK Kg Bharu, SMK Puteri Wilayah (Hospitality), SMK Seri Titiwangsa, SK Kementah, SMK Taman Melati, SMK Jinjang and SK Seri Nilam.

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Nanta said at the same time, the ministry also received reports of damage to several residential units at Rumah Keluarga Angkatan Tentera (RKAT) at Kem Batu Kentonmen Kuala Lumpur involving roofs and awnings that were ripped off in the storm.

"JKR will work with the Malaysian Armed Forces to inspect and assess the damage for further action," he said. - Bernama

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