By Suhaila Shahrul Annuar
SEPANG, April 30 — The state government’s immediate assistance for those affected by the storm in Sepang on April 8 was a source of comfort, as it meant they could welcome Hari Raya Aidilfitri with peace of mind.
Factory worker Suzana Abdul, 37, said she is grateful for the authorities’ swift action, as they began repairing her damaged roof in less than 24 hours after the incident.
“The roof of my house’s main room has been repaired, with only the ceiling left. Their assistance was quite swift.
“We are still traumatised by the incident, even though I was not at home at the time and it was only the children. With the rainy weather nowadays, it is a big concern for me.
“I am also thankful for the cash assistance we received, which I can use to purchase appliances that were damaged by rainwater during the incident,” said the seven-year Pangsapuri Angsana tenant.
Suzana was speaking at the handover ceremony for aid to 36 Sepang storm victims residing in Kampung Pulau Meranti, Taman Putra Perdana, and Pangsapuri Angsana, at Dewan Komuniti Pulau Meranti yesterday.
Meanwhile, private employee Izwan Fazli Said, 44, said the storm resulted in falling trees which damaged the roof of his car, as well as damaging his home’s garage ceiling.
“Our repair costs were not too prohibitive, compared to other victims whose homes were severely damaged due to the storm. Nonetheless, the financial assistance we received today will be most helpful in covering the repair costs,” said the Taman Putra Perdana resident.
The storm on April 8 affected over 20 locations. Occurring at 4.30pm, several other public infrastructures were also damaged, including mosques, suraus, and business premises.