Storm destroys 60 homes in 7 Besut villages

MORE than 60 houses in seven villages were ruined following a storm here yesterday evening. 

The villages involved were Kampung Pusu Tinggi, Kampung Bukit Puteri, Kampung Dengir, Kampung Tok Has, Lay Out Tok Has, Kampung Gong Penaga and Kampung Air Terjun, while a school, SK Bukit Puteri in Kampung Tok Has, was also affected in the 5pm incident.

Kuala Besut state constituency coordinating officer Azbi Salleh said the roofs of several houses were damaged by the storm which was accompanied by heavy rains that lasted for almost an hour. 

“We are in the process of gathering information on the number of families affected because some victims have not lodged a report with their respective Village Development and Security Committees,” he said when contacted by Bernama. 

Besut district deputy education chief officer Hamdhan Abd Ghafar said at SK Bukit Puteri, the garage roof was blown away and four classes were destroyed when their roofs were damaged by the storm.

However, no one was injured as the storm occurred after school hours. 

“The school is operating as usual today but lessons for the affected classes will be conducted in the school hall for the time being,” he said, adding that repair work should be completed by the time the school reopens on Wednesday. – Bernama, October 20, 2022.

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