'Tornado' hits Ipoh village

'Tornado' hits Ipoh village

IPOH - A tornado-like phenomenon has hit Kampung Manjoi here, blowing away zinc roofs, tiles and the ceiling from about 35 homes.

Trader Mohd Shahron Zulkifli, who witnessed the 6.45pm incident on Monday, said the winds were "insanely" strong and he could even see the swirling effects similar to that of a tornado.

"This is the first time I have seen such scary weather," he said. "I was terrified."

He said the weather was gloomy but it did not rain.

"The roof of my home was blown away and the electrical appliances went dead," he added.

Mohd Shahron said he was waiting for assistance to replace the roof tiles.

"I have nowhere else to go. I hope help will reach my home in time," said the 37-year-old, who is living in Jalan Juara with his wife and five children.

Among the areas affected at the village were Jalan Perwira, Jalan Menteri and Jalan Pemimpin.

Strong winds had wreaked havoc in the northern states in the past. In September last year, strong winds blew away zinc roofs and caused flash floods in several areas in Penang.

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