GURUN (Bernama) – Residents living near the house in Taman Ria Mesra 2, that exploded and killed three people besides injuring two others yesterday afternoon were deeply traumatised by the unexpected incident.
Mohd Faizal Mat Zain, 37, said his three young daughters aged between one and 11 years old were still shocked after observing the incident which also destroyed the house they were staying in.
“My children cried and could not sleep at night as they could still remember the tragic incident.
“I had to calm them down so that they return to normal,” he told Bernama when met at the scene of the incident.
Mohd Faizal, who is self-employed, said when the incident occurred, he was just leaving the house to go to the shop nearby with his children and wife, about five minutes before the explosion.
He said he rushed back to the house to check on the situation after hearing the loud explosion and strong vibration.
“Upon returning home, I found the roof and ceiling of the house had collapsed and with glass splinters scattered in the house.
“From that point, my children began to have this fear,” he said.
Due to the incident, he said, he lost about RM100,000 after all the goods and furniture in his house, located behind the exploded house, were damaged by the explosion.
Mohd Faizal said that he and his family now had to stay in his younger brother’s house located in the same housing scheme for the time being.
Meanwhile, Nor Hidayatul Amira Kamis, 15, whose house was situated in front of the location of the explosion, said she was still traumatised by the incident and could not sleep last night after observing the incident right in front of her.
The explosion at about 4.45pm killed a soldier, Ayob Hassim, 34; his eight-year daughter Hidayah Ayob (Bernama photo, top), and his neighbour’s son, Afiq Lokman Mohd Sharizal, five, while Ayob’s wife, Sharifah Haslinda Hashim, 30, who is in her sixth month of pregnancy, and neighbour Zuraida Mat Robete, 30, were seriously injured.