Event Report

Event Description

Flash Flood in Malaysia on Sunday, 28 April, 2013 at 12:05 (12:05 PM) UTC.

More than 200 houses were damaged after a freak storm ripped through Kampung Segambut Bahagia, Segambut here today. Barisan Nasional candidate for Segambut Jayanthi Devi Balaguru who was making campaign rounds rushed to the scene following a resident's call. She said about 25 families were affected in Segambut Bahagia. The 5.30pm incident is said to be the first of its kind in the last 20 years. However, no one was injured in the incident. Jayanthi said most of the houses were badly damaged, where either roofs were missing or portions of their homes had collapsed. "The rain water which seeped through also damaged most of their furniture and household items. " I totally understand and feel very sorry for them but what is important now is to place them somewhere safe, before a permanent solution is found,” she said, adding before making arrangements for temporary shelter at a Sri Segambut Community Hall. Jayanthi said she had also contacted the City Hall and the Welfare department to assist those affected.

"Don't worry, I understand your situation and will sort out something more permanent, as soon as I can," she assured the residents. "On the whole, we have reports that over 200 houses were damaged by the freak storm. We have detailed out the necessary relief plans for those affected and will try to get them PPR house or something, accordingly” she added. A resident, M. Krishnasamy, 55 said it was the first time a storm as such had caused so much damages at his place. "This is the worst, ever. About 10 years back, we were in a similar situation but the damage was not this bad,” said the father of two, who has been staying there for the last 17 years. Krishnasamy said the roof in the back portion of his house including the kitchen and prayer altar of his house, were ripped off by the strong wind.

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