Nearly 600 homes damaged in powerful Terengganu storm

Zaid Salim, Zarina Abdullah

KUALA TERENGGANU: Although it lasted just five minutes, a powerful storm damaged nearly 600 houses, wrecked several vehicles and uprooted dozens of trees here yesterday.

Kampung Bukit Tunggal in Kuala Nerus was worst hit by the 4.30pm storm, with the roofs of 500 houses damaged and several schools badly affected.

The Civil Defence Force (APM) also received 30 reports of trees uprooted by strong winds in the area.

Other districts affected by the storm were Kemaman, Marang, Dungun, Hulu Terengganu, Setiu and Besut.

In the state capital, the worst affected areas were Kg Pulau Musang, Kg Paloh, Sungai Kiat, Kg Baru Tetambah, Kg Merbau Patah, Kg Pulau Rusa, Kg Banggol Tuan Muda, Kg Pasir Panjang, Bukit Bayas, Kg Kubang Jela, Kg Kebor Air, Bukit Besar, Jalan Pusara, Lorong Taman Jaya, Kg Banggol Peradong, Kampung Telari, Banggol Tok Esah, Taman Manir Indah, Kampung Kubang Parit, Taman Nuri, Durian Burung and Kuala Bekah.

Terengganu APM director Che Adam Abd Rahman said his officers, along with workers from the Kuala Terengganu City Council, Tenaga Nasional Berhad and village volunteers are helping with clean-up operations in the wake of the storm.

“The clearing work (ended temporarily at) 2am today and resumed at 9am in areas such as Kampung Sungai Kiat, which was heavily hit,” he said. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd