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26 Mei 2009

VILLAGERS GET CASH TO REPAIR DAMAGED HOMES

Chuah Bee Kim

VILLAGERS affected by the recent thunderstorm in Kampung Sepakat, Masai, Johor Baru, have been given financial aid.

 A villager of Kampung Sepakat showing the damage to her house.
A villager of Kampung Sepakat showing the damage to her house.

Permas Jaya assemblyman M.M. Samy said it was fortunate that no lives were lost although 33 houses were severely damaged.

"Half of the houses were not built to withstand strong winds," he said, adding that the victims were given between RM100 and RM300, depending on the damage.

Samy was representing Pasir Gudang member of parliament Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin in giving out aid to the residents of Jalan Puyuh in Kampung Sepakat.

Also present was the Pasir Gudang Umno branch welfare bureau chief Rozlan Abu Bakar.

Rozlan said he will liaise with the authorities to get more funds for the victims.


"The victims are entitled to a special allocation of up to RM5,000 from the Federal Government," Rozlan said.

The thunderstorm also damaged 40 houses in four villages in Tangkak, Muar.

Strong winds swept away roofs and uprooted trees and electrical poles, which caused the electricity supply to be cut off.

Personnel from the Tangkak Fire and Rescue Department and the Civil Defence Department helped to contain the situation and distribute aid to the villagers.

Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman, accompanied by Ledang member of parliament Hamim Samuri, Ledang district officer Amran Abdul Rahman and Mukim Serom penghulu Jamaluddin Jamil, visited the villagers.

Ghani said the state will give assistance to a senior citizen in Kampung Serom 8, who was made homeless by the storm.

"For the other victims, the Johor Welfare Department will help in whatever way it can," he said.

Anmain Jais, 53, of Kampung Serom 5, said his son, Mohd Huzairi, 22, was lucky when a piece of wood fell through the roof and landed near his head while he was sleeping.

"It was a miracle that he did not sustain any injuries. My other two children in the dining room were also not hurt. The dining room is just next to Huzairi's bedroom," he said.

Another victim, Hadif Azali, 48, also from the same village, said his house was wrecked by the storm.

Fortunately, his wife and four children were unhurt.

SOURCE: JOHOR STREETS, NST, 26 MAY 2009

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