In­jured woman re­counts Kedah storm

New Straits Times - - News -

ALOR STAR: A woman, who was in­jured dur­ing a storm that af­fected the Kedah Pas Com­plex here dur­ing the 63rd Pas Muk­ta­mar on Satur­day, said it was the scari­est mo­ment of her life.

Zaina­ton Man, 45, from Ji­tra was walk­ing with her hus­band and four chil­dren when strong winds blew over sev­eral canopies.

She was trapped un­der­neath the col­lapsed canopies, while her hus­band and chil­dren man­aged to seek shel­ter at the main build­ing where the muk­ta­mar was held.

“I was hor­ri­fied when the canopies fell on top of me. I had to wait for sev­eral min­utes be­fore I was pulled out to safety,” she said at Sul­tanah Bahiyah Hospi­tal here yes­ter­day.

Zaina­ton suf­fered a bro­ken right an­kle and in­jury to her right leg in the 7.25pm in­ci­dent on Satur­day.

State Health De­part­ment di­rec­tor Datuk Dr Norhizan Is­mail said Zaina­ton was sched­uled to un­dergo an an­kle surgery.

He said 13 peo­ple, in­clud­ing six men, were re­ferred to the hospi­tal. All of them were aged be­tween 12 and 66.

“Twelve of them were allowed to re­turn home af­ter they were given out­pa­tient treat­ment.

“We also pro­vided emer­gency treat­ment to seven other vic­tims at the in­ci­dent scene,” Dr Norhizan said.

Norhizan said 47 med­i­cal personnel with 14 am­bu­lances and one rapid response ve­hi­cle were de­ployed to the lo­ca­tion to help with the res­cue mis­sion and pro­vide aid to the vic­tims.

Mean­while, Pas deputy pres­i­dent Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, ac­com­pa­nied by deputy Pas spir­i­tual leader Datuk Ah­mad Yakob and Kedah Pas com­mis­sioner Dr Ah­mad Fakhrud­din Fakhru­razi, paid a visit to Zaina­ton at the hospi­tal yes­ter­day.

Ibrahim said the in­ci­dent was be­yond hu­man do­ing and de­scribed it as “a test from God”.

“No need to spec­u­late. We should pray for the safety of those who were in­jured,” he said.

Pas sec­re­tary-gen­eral Datuk Takiyud­din Has­san said 30 booths were dam­aged in the in­ci­dent.

He said clear­ing work on the dam­aged canopies was car­ried out since yes­ter­day morn­ing.

PIC BY AMRAN HAMID

Work­ers clear­ing de­bris at the Kedah Pas Com­plex in Alor Star yes­ter­day.

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