ALOR SETAR (Bernama) – The Rural and Regional Development Ministry (KKLW) will rebuild or repair the 49 houses in three villages in Kota Setar which were damaged when a landspout hit the district last Friday.
Kedah Information, Rural Development and Poverty Eradication Committee chairman Datuk Mohd Tajudin Abdullah said the state government was in the process of evaluating the damage of the houses concerned.
“I received a call from Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal last night asking us to assess the damage of the houses concerned.
“This is to facilitate the ministry in channelling the fund to repair or rebuild the houses,” he told reporters after visiting residents of whose houses were damaged by the landspout in Kampung Sungai Baru, which is in the Kuala Kedah parliamentary constituency, yesterday.
He said the landspout also caused damage to several houses in Kampung Batin (in the Alor Setar parliamentary constituency) and Kampung Mergong Hilir, in the Kuala Kedah parliamentary constituency.
Following initial assessment, he said, six of the houses – one in Kampung Batin and five houses in Kampung Sungai Baru – had to be rebuilt as they were seriously damaged.
Mohd Tajudin said work to repair and rebuild the houses would be carried out with the cooperation of various quarters, including students from Giat Mara.
Meanwhile, a general worker with E-Idaman Sdn Bhd, Shapul Bahari Othman, 50, whose house was one of those damaged in the incident in Kampung Sungai Baru, said he was grateful and relieved that the federal government would provide assistance to repair his house.
The roof of his house was ripped apart by the landspout.
Shapul Bahari, who has two children, estimated his losses at more than RM20,000 as most of the household items in the house were also destroyed.
Another victim, Noraini Saad, 45, said her house was completely damaged in the incident.
The 5pm landspout, which lasted between 10 and 15 minutes, damaged 71 houses and a rural clinic.