PENANG STORM HAVOC:Businesses badly affected by lightning arrestor collapse


GEORGE TOWN: The majority of businesses in Jalan Macalister here were badly affected by the collapse of the lightning arrestor pole atop the Umno building yesterday.

Bernama check found that the residents around the area also were  forced to get water from nearby fire hydrants as the clean water supply to their areas was disrupted due to underground pipe burst.

Nasi Kandar Pelita Restaurant Manager, who only wanted to be known as Farouk, said he had to instruct his workers to cover their customers' plates with plastic sheets as water supply to the restaurant had also been disrupted.  
"We have to travel quite far to get water, but the restaurant remains open as our customers, including policemen and members of the media, continue to patronise our restraunt," he said.
Fruit seller Ong Ah Teik, 40, said he had to relocate his stall to a new place due to the incident. 
"This is a tourist destination and business is usually encouraging, but now, I have to call my regular customers to inform them about the relocation of the stall," he said. 
Meanwhile, Penang Water Supply Corporation had prepared two tanker lorries to be deployed to residents in areas affected by water supply disruption following the collapse of the pole. 
Its corporate communication senior executive, Syarifah Nasywa Syed Feisal, said it was impossible for the work to repair the burst pipe in the area to be carried out now as the work to clean the debris was still in progress.
"The situation is under control. We will do our best to solve the problem," she said in a statement here today.
She said approximately 200 families in Datuk Keramat, Kampung Jawa, Komtar and Jalan Anson were experiencing water supply disruption after the underground water pipe burst following the collapse of the lightning arrestor pole.
An evening storm wrecked havoc in Jalan Macalister here yesterday, causing the lightning arrestor pole atop the Umno building to collapse, leaving one person dead and eight others injured.
Penang Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said the authority was still waiting for the JKP Sdn Bhd, a company wholly owned by the Minister Of Finance Incorporated (MOF) to remove the rest of the pole from atop the building. 
He said he would not allow any cleaning work to be done at the scene before the rest of the pole were removed.
"We are not sure when the road will be opened to public , but we are trying to have it open as soon as possible," he said, adding that the workers from the Penang Municipal Council, Tenaga Nasional Bhd, Telekom and Indah Water Konsortium had gathered at the scene since 6.30am to carry out the cleaning work. 
As at 4.50pm, the work had yet to begin. -- BERNAMA

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