RM500 storm relief for affected Penang households

Trees were brought down, causing power blackouts, and houses and schools were damaged when a tropical depression lashed parts of the northern Peninsula on Friday.

GEORGE TOWN: Families in Penang whose houses were damaged in the powerful storm on Friday night have been urged to lodge a police report immediately to receive aid from the state government.

State executive councillor Phee Boon Poh said there are two types of financial assistance available to the victims, from the Penang State Disaster Fund and Governor’s Disaster Relief Fund.

“The owners of residential homes which were affected must lodge a police report and take photos of the damage as evidence before applying for the aid.

“We are in the process of identifying the number of victims affected by the storm,” he said.

Affected households will get a one-off payment of RM500 each while property owners will receive 10% of the property damage subject to a maximum of RM5,000.

Phee said more than 500 homes were confirmed to have suffered damage. However, data was still being collected.

Several areas in Penang, Perlis, Kedah and several other parts of the northern region were hit by severe thunderstorms and strong winds.

The heavy rains and strong winds damaged or uprooted more than 300 trees in Penang. Three temporary evacuation centres have been opened to house 71 people.

In Perlis, Menteri Besar Azlan Man said the state government will provide financial aid of between RM5,000 and RM30,000 each to the 883 affected residents to repair their damaged houses.

“We will work with the Perlis Islamic Religious Council and the Social Welfare Department to ensure that aid goes to the affected families,” he said.

The state government had also provided basic necessities such as food and drinks to the victims, he said.