GEORGE TOWN: More than 300 incidents of fallen trees were reported throughout Penang following heavy rains and strong winds last night in a storm brought by the tail end of Typhoon Lekima.
State executive councillor Jagdeep Singh Deo said the Penang City Council (MBPP) had received 150 complaints, while the Seberang Perai Municipal Council (MPSP) received 152 complaints about the fallen trees which blocked traffic and damaged properties.
He added that nearly 90% of the areas in the state affected by the fallen trees had been cleared by the local authorities.
Jagdeep said 20 victims had to be evacuated to a temporary relief centre set up at the Hashim Yahaya Mosque, while 31 victims from six families were housed at two relief centres in Seberang Perai.
He urged storm victims to lodge police reports on property damage so that they can make claims from the Penang TYT Disaster Fund.
In Kedah, the Malaysian Civil Defence Force received 315 calls about fallen trees in Langkawi, Kubang Pasu, Pendang, Padang Terap, Sik, Kuala Muda, Kota Setar, Yan, Kulim and Pokok Sena.
He added that about 560 homes were damaged in 11 districts in Kedah.
In Perlis, State Education Department school management sector chief Zainodin Ahmad said a total of 50 schools were damaged by the storm, 35 of which were primary schools.
“We will try to get them repaired before the schooling session begins,” he told reporters after visiting one of the schools.
More than 300 schools and educational institutions in the northern states are believed to have suffered damaged yesterday.
The education ministry has said emergency funds would be disbursed to repair the damage.
Heavy rains followed by strong winds last night affected several northern states of the Peninsula, which resulted in hundreds of fallen trees, power blackouts, as well as damage to homes and public facilities.