By Lian Cheng
KUCHING, Nov 25: The roof of a four-storey block of SJK (C) Chung Hua Stapok was blown off by strong winds on Thursday (Nov 22). The 5.30pm episode also brought along with it heavy rain.
The affected block houses a library, computer room, classrooms and a music room on the fourth floor.
According to the police report that the school lodged at Batu Kawah Police Station the following day, the disaster had damaged desks and chairs, ceiling fans, cabinets, 40 computers and musical instruments.
The strong wind had also uprooted two trees in the school compound.
The police report quoted Padawan Municipal Council chairman Lo Khere Chiang’s estimate of damage at RM500,000. Lo had visited the school earlier.
Meanwhile, when Stampin MP Chong Chieng Jen visited the school today, a staff told him that the library on the fourth floor was also affected.
“All the books were wet, and we are now in the midst of drying them,” said the staff.
Principal Jong Loo Poh said the school had 307 students, and the school had a total of three buildings.
“We are in the midst of rebuilding the wooden block. There are presently three blocks in the school. Only one block was affected. The rest are okay,” said Jong. — DayakDaily