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Rural Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Harunsaid her ministry would also provide the necessary assistance to the storm victims, especially those from the lower-income group (B40). NSTP/Dziyaul Afnan Abdul Rahman

ALOR STAR: A total of 171 schools in several districts in Kedah were reported to have been damaged by last Friday’s storm, said state Education and Human Resource Committee chairman Dr Salmee Said.

She said based on reports received as of 10pm last night, the affected schools are in Langkawi, Pendang, Sik, Baling, Kota Setar, Kubang Pasu, Kuala Muda, Yan, Padang Terap and Kulim-Bandar Baharu.

“The damage, which included broken roofs and ceilings, will be repaired immediately but (some) will take one month to complete,” she said in a brief statement.

Dr Salmee said the schooling session would not be badly affected as schools are having their Hari Raya Aidiladha break until Aug 17.

Meanwhile, 11 nurseries of the Community Development Department (Tabika Kemas) which were damaged by storm in Kedah and Perlis last Friday will be repaired before classes resume after the Hari Raya Aidiladha break.

Without disclosing the cost of damage, Rural Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun said four of the nurseries are in Kedah and the rest in Perlis.

“Based on the reports received, the damage was not too big and we expect it to be repaired as early as next week,” she said after visiting storm victims in Taman Indah.

Rina said her ministry would also provide the necessary assistance to the storm victims, especially those from the lower-income group (B40).

“During a disaster, the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) will respond, but we will also join in to see the situation. Like today, I came here on my own initiative, the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) Srikandi,” she said. — Bernama

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