BENTONG, Jul 13 – The unusually hot weather unexpectedly ended in a massive storm here yesterday evening which let more than 100 houses and a number of buildings damaged.Pahang Civil Defence Department (JPAM) director Col (PA) Zainal Yusoff said the affected areas comprised Kampung Batu 1, Kampung Chamang Baru, Kampung Chamang Lama, Kampung Perting, Kampung Kemansur, Jalan Teras and Jalan Lama KL.
“92 public houses, nine government buildings, a mosque and a petrol station were damaged. Most of the damage reported comprised roofs being ripped off buildings, and several buildings and cars hit by uprooted trees. There was also a power outage. The district Civil Defence Office garage roof, just completed a month ago, measuring 1,800 square feet, nearly folded into two after being struck by strong winds,” he said.
Self-employed Haris Nasir, 70, said at the time he and his wife were resting in their semi-concrete house, occupied by them since 1981, in Kampung Batu 1 here. He said a few hours before the storm, the weather was calm and warmer than usual, then all of a sudden the weather became overcast and the sky pitch dark a few minutes before strong winds began to blow at about 5.45pm.
“Strong winds struck the glass sliding door causing them to shake and rattle, it was rather scary. After several minutes heavy rain with lightning descended,” he said when met at his house where the roof was damaged and was being repaired at a cost of around RM2,000.
For food stall operator at a food court in Padang Teras here, Tengku Tafsah Tengku Ahmad, 73, the hour-long storm last night was the first she had experienced since settling in the district in the 80s. She said the strong winds blew off the wooden planks from the roof of her stall and also damaged nearly 80 tents used during the Ramadan bazaar around the food court area.
In the meanwhile, she also said that the tents were blown off as far as 40m away. The Fire and Rescue Department, the Armed Forces, Tenaga Nasional Berhad and the Welfare Department, among others, have also come to the aid of the victims. — Bernama