30 Kuala Kurau houses damaged in thunderstorm, roofs blown away

Shaiful Shahrin Ahmad Pauzi

PARIT BUNTAR: At least 30 homes at several villages in Kuala Kurau, here, were badly damaged by a thunderstorm early today. Most of the houses had their roofs blown away.

The fishermen’s jetty and equipment were also damaged in the 3.30am incident. No injuries were reported.

Zurizam Mat Yatim, 41, of Kampung Nelayan Kuala Kurau said she thought a tsunami had hit the village when a big wave hit the fishermen’s jetty.

“After 10 minutes, the storm stopped. I found that the fish cage belonging to my family near the house was destroyed and more 150 breeding fish were lost,” she said.

Liza Nordin, 30, said her mother, Che Tom Sabri, 70, who lived alone was shocked when a strong wind blew off her roof.

“My mom dashed out of the house to save her life. She could only pray to Allah for protection.

“I am going to bring my mother to stay with me in Bagan Serai while waiting for assistance from other quarters,” she said.

State Public Amenities, Infrastructure, Agriculture and Plantations Committee chairman Abdul Yunus Jamhari said he had received 30 reports on the incident as of 11am today.

“The affected areas include Kampung Nelayan Kuala Kurau, Kampung Batu 14, Simpang Tiga Kuala Kurau Parit Tok Zin and Jalan Pantai.

“Several houses were badly damaged and need immediate assistance. The estimated damage suffered by victims is still under investigation,” he said after handing emergency assistance to victims.

Yunus urged the district and land offices, and other agencies to provide assistance to victims. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd