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[Watch] Walls Blown Off Loke Yew Flat Unit During Thunderstorm

[Watch] Walls Blown Off Loke Yew Flat Unit During Thunderstorm

The thunderstorm last night ripped off the wooden walls from a unit at Loke Yew flat and it’s not the first time it happened.

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The heavy thunderstorm in Kuala Lumpur yesterday (19 May) have reportedly blown away the walls of one of the units in Loke Yew flats.

The viral photo showed the flat unit’s exterior walls missing together with the windows.

Meanwhile, a TikTok video showed the view from inside the public housing flat unit and the dangerous opening left by the missing wall.

The scary sight shocked netizens and prompted people to question the structural integrity of the old building.

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The Star reported that the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has immediately taken steps to install a temporary wall at one of the affected units while waiting for a permanent wall to be installed.

The debris area has also been cordoned off for safety purposes.

Aside from Loke Yew flats, DBKL said the roofs of four units at Seri Johor public housing were also blown away last night.

As a temporary measure, canvas sheets were placed while the unit’s electricity supply was cut off for safety reasons.

The affected residents will stay with their relatives nearby and no relief centres have been opened for now.

It’s not the first time the walls have collapsed from Loke Yew flat. Back in 2014, strong winds ripped the wooden walls of three flat units on the 10th, 13th, and 18th floors.

Fortunately, there were no casualties.

Loke Yew flat was constructed in 1968 with wooden walls that proved vulnerable to strong winds.

The recent incident spurred members of the public to call for the aged wooden structures to be replaced with something sturdier or get the whole building rebuilt for residents’ safety.

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