KOTA MARUDU, Aug 7, 2014:

It was the most terrifying five minutes for an elderly man whose house was damaged following strong winds in Kampung Mempakad Laut in Pitas last night.

In the 7.20pm incident, the victim identified as Hadarah Sauna, 62, suffered minor injuries in the hands and body.

“I could hear the strong gush of wind outside the house. The next thing I knew, the roof had blown off.”

Hadarah said he quickly ran out of his house to find a safe spot.

It was learnt that the strong winds also destroyed two houses and damaged 17 others.

The power disruption in the village following the incident was restored this morning.

District police chief Superintendent Mohd Isa Yusof confirmed the incident, adding no fatality was reported.

“However, we are still inspecting the area, with the assistance from the Malaysian Civil Defence Department and the Village Security and Development Committee.”

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