MIDNIGHT TERROR: 150 residents from five villages evacuated to shelters
KEMAMAN: A STORM badly damaged about 60 houses in five villages here, affecting more than 300 people, early yesterday morning.
The storm, which struck around midnight, also damaged a number of schools, halls and several surau.
The affected areas were Kampung Bukit Anak Dara, Kampung Titian Berayung, Kampung Che Wan, Ibai Penunjuk and Telok Kalong.
Kemaman district assistant welfare officer Mohd Asmadi Ibrahim said Kampung Bukit Anak Dara and Kampung Titian Berayung were the worst affected, with over 50 houses damaged.
Four houses were completely destroyed, while the rest were almost levelled by the storm, he added.
He said between 100 and 150 villagers were relocated to temporary shelters such as nearby schools and surau.
He said strong winds uprooted hundreds of trees, some of which fell on the roofs of houses.
However, there were no reports of casualties.
A villager, Mohd Razali Abu Bakar, 44, said his family had just gone to bed when they were awakened by the heavy rain and heard the sound of trees being uprooted.
"I heard a loud sound and before I knew it, our roof caved in before I grabbed my child and wife and rushed out of the house."
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said, who visited the villages, said the storm was the worst he had seen so far.
"The state government will provide immediate assistance to those affected," he said, adding that the four houses completely destroyed by the storm would be re-built as soon as possible.