Dam­age as­sess­ment and re­pairs af­ter strong winds dam­age prop­er­ties in Mosta

Malta Independent - - FRONT PAGE - Neil Camil­leri Photos: Michael Camil­leri

Dam­age as­sess­ment and re­pairs were be­ing car­ried out in sev­eral parts of Mosta yes­ter­day morn­ing, where dam­age was caused by the pre­vi­ous night’s whirl­wind.

At the in­dus­trial es­tate, a num­ber of cars were still cov­ered by lime­stone blocks that were part of a wall that blew over.

The stones fell on ve­hi­cles that were await­ing re­pairs by nearby panel beat­ers. Some of them were heav­ily dam­aged.

Work­ers were also ob­served on the roof of the nearby Lidl su­per­mar­ket, which was also dam­aged by the strong winds. The su­per­mar­ket was hit at around 7pm, with parts of me­tal sheet­ing and wa­ter tanks fly­ing off the roof. A con­crete brick wall in the park­ing area was also smashed. Shop­pers told this news­pa­per yes­ter­day that there were scenes of panic when parts of the build­ing came crash­ing down. Peo­ple were told to drop ev­ery­thing and evac­u­ate the premises. Some ex­ited the build­ing to find that their cars had been dam­aged by fall­ing de­bris.

In a Face­book post today Lidl in­formed clients that the Mosta out­let is cur­rently closed.

“We are cur­rently work­ing to­wards open­ing as soon as pos­si­ble and we will keep you up­dated with the progress. In the mean­time we in­vite you to visit our near­est out­let in San Gwann. We apol­o­gise for any in­con­ve­nience caused,” the su­per­mar­ket chain said.

The whirl­wind also caused a bal­cony to fall down on two cars parked be­low and other mi­nor dam­ages were re­ported in sev­eral homes. Luck­ily, no one was in­jured.

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