BUTTERWORTH, May 26 – Torrential rain, lightning and thunder swept across Penang for nearly an hour at midnight, causing dozens of trees to fall and damaging houses. Penang Fire and Rescue Department liaison officer Azman Hussain said the rain and strong winds that began at 12 midnight, also caused various damage to properties including cars and motorcycles which were hit by falling trees.
Among the affected areas are Butterworth, Permatang Pauh, Bukit Indera Putera, Sungai Dua, Nyior Sebatang, Tasek Gelugor, Kepala Batas, Simpang Ampat Tasek, Sungai Acheh, Gelugor dan Bayan Lepas. He said, until 2am this morning, the department received 12 reports of fallen trees and damaged properties. A glass door of a bank in Sungai Dua, was also broken due to the strong winds, he added.
Penang Social Welfare Department director, Said Sidup, said that until 12.30pm they received reports that 25 houses had been damaged, namely nine houses in Seberang Perai Tengah, three in Bukit Indera Muda while in Kepala Batas, Seberang Perai Utara, 14 houses. Records of the injured were not available, he added.
A victim Khatijah Awang, 48, said most of her late father’s house in Permatang Pasir was damaged badly and the roof swept away by strong winds. Luckily, no one was at home when it happened. Meanwhile, in SUNGAI PETANI, the Kuala Muda District Civil Defence Department received nine complaints of fallen trees due to the storm that hit several areas in the district, early this morning.
Kuala Muda district civil defence officer, 2nd Lt (PA) Azahar Ahmad said among the areas affected in the storm from 1am to 3am were Kampung Telok Amboi; Jalan Kuala Ketil; Taman Cengal Emas; Taman Delima; Ambangan Height; Jalan Sungai Lalang, Bedong; Sungai Pial, Tanjung Dawai and Taman Cengal Emas. He said, however, all the routes have been cleared and no casualities were reported.