GOF Northern Brigade steps up to help residents hit by freak storm


IPOH: The General Operations Force (GOF) Northern Brigade has mobilised to help with the clean-up after Sunday’s (Jan 30) freak storm that hit a number of areas right here.

Assistant commanding officer Deputy Supt Mazian Jenal mentioned the one-week operation to run from early morning till late within the afternoon each day from Wednesday (Feb 2) will contain an 18-strong staff from the GOF third Battalion, Bidor.

The variety of personnel can be elevated if wanted, he added.

He mentioned the operation was mounted on the directions of Bukit Aman police headquarters to facilitate the cleansing of particles and homes.

“We need these affected (by the storm) to know that they aren’t alone as we’re right here to help… extra so, as a result of that is supposed to be a festive season and the catastrophe struck as they had been about to usher within the Chinese New Year,” he informed reporters on the scene on Wednesday.

On Sunday, lots of of homes in a number of areas specifically Taman Desa Seri Chepor, Kampung Tawas, Taman Tasek Damai and Kampung Seri Klebang Tambahan Jaya right here, had been broken when a tornado-like storm hit at about 6pm.

The storm additionally brought about utility poles to topple and uprooted bushes, however thankfully no accidents or casualties had been reported.

Meanwhile, a resident of Desa Sri Chepor Structured Housing Plan, 56-year-old Azmi Mohd Rashid, mentioned the realm had usually been hit by robust winds and storms however this incident was the worst she had skilled.

“A couple of minutes earlier than the storm, the climate was tremendous. Suddenly I noticed smoke billowing and heard the neighbours chanting prayers. Then within the blink of an eye fixed, a whirlwind hit our home. I rapidly took my grandchild, ran and hid below the mattress for defense,” she mentioned.

Azmi, who has been placing up at a homestay for the reason that incident, mentioned other than her grandchild who suffered sore eyes due to the mud thrown up by the wind, the remainder of her relations had been doing properly though that they had been traumatised by the incident.

“I really feel unhappy as a result of we simply repaired the home roof for Hari Raya. In any case, we’re grateful for GOF’s help and concern,” she mentioned. – Bernama

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