Heroic Malaysians immediately jumped to the rescue, but it was too late.
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The current freak storm ravaging the country every evening has claimed a victim yesterday (15 April). A motorcyclist was crushed to death by a tree branch that fell due to the storm at Cheras.
The victim, Syed Izzat Izzudin, was only 20 years old.
Clips of the tragic incident were shared online and showed Malaysians valiantly charging into the thicket of leaves and branches to pull out the victim.
The brave and kind Malaysians then carried the unconscious victim in the middle of the raging storm to Petronas Alam Damai and made numerous efforts to resuscitate him.
Unfortunately, the victim died on the spot.
Kuala Lumpur Traffic and Investigation Department head ACP Zulkefly Yahya told Bernama that the victim was travelling from Jalan Damai Jasa to Taman Len Seng around 4pm when the tree suddenly fell on him, causing severe head injury.
His body was later brought to Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz UKM for post-mortem.
The current bout of storms has been exceptionally powerful, causing destruction in several parts of the country.
On the first day of Ramadan, several food stalls were blown away with their wares spilling onto the road.
A freak evening storm on the 13th April also caused the glass panel to shatter at the Etiqa Academy in Masjid Jamek, leading to panic as the unsuspecting crowd seeking shelter from the torrential rain were then rained with shards of glass.
According to Professor Dr Fredolin Tangang, Chairperson of Department of Earth Sciences and Environment at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, we are currently in the inter-monsoon season.
However, the intensity of such storms have drastically increased over the past years.
Prof Tangang notes that extreme rainfall has increased by 35% in Kuala Lumpur over the past 30 years, which can be traced back to both urbanisation and climate change.
He cautions that thunderstorms will likely get stronger and more intense. When global temperatures increase, it means that there will be more heat and moisture in the air, which leads to triggering more extreme weather.
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