80% of storm-wrecked houses in Brunei fixed

80% of storm-wrecked houses in Brunei fixed
Houses across the country and especially at Kg Ayer in Bandar Seri Begawan were badly affected by strong winds on July 10. Following the aftermath, government agencies were deployed to assist in the welfare of those affected.
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About 80 per cent of the Kg Ayer houses damaged by strong winds on July 10 have been repaired, according to an officer at the Incident Command Post (ICP) in Kg Sg Kebun.

Nohi Erwan Surkarki, Commanding Officer of Operations D Branch at the Fire and Rescue Department said 165 houses were affected in total with around 134 fixed as of yesterday.

Four houses are still under canvases while 26 are being fixed. Another three are waiting for construction material.

Meanwhile out of the 137 houses on land affected by the storm, 16 were assisted by the Brunei-Muara District Office deploying more than five construction companies, while a total of two houses were forwarded to the Housing Department.

Another 119 houses were classified as miscellaneous repairs; two of the houses were completely damaged and was forwarded to the Brunei Islamic Religious Council (MUIB) while some of the homes only sustained minor damages and was fixed by homeowners on the spot.

A weather warning issued by the meteorological department last night reported thundershowers with strong winds of up to 45km per hour across Temburong, Brunei-Muara and Tutong is toi be expected.

When contacted yesterday, Mohammad Affindi Hj Sabli, meteorological forecaster at the department said that the wind only ran around the average speed of 30km per hour and was only followed by heavy thundershowers at the affected areas.

Nohi Erwan who was also on standby that night said that there was only heavy rain and no heavy winds was blown to the area; and no houses were affected by the weather.

Mohammad Affindi said thundershowers is still expected; while the risk of flash floods is considered low, he urged members of the public to be cautious and be prepared, keeping themselves updated with the weather forecasts.

While the damaged houses on land has all been fixed and attended to, Mislee Hj Abd Karim, Acting Brunei-Muara District Officer said the repair works on Kg Ayer homes are expected to be complete by the end of this week.

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