A puting beliung (small tornado) swept through three different villages in Batu city in East Java over the weekend, leaving one dead and over 1,000 residents displaced.
The tornado destroyed about 20 houses, a telecommunications transmitter and parts of the electricity network in three villages: Sumber Brantas, Gunungsari and Sumbergondo.
Several trees fell and blocked access to the affected areas. Sodiq, a resident of Jurang Kuali hamlet in Sumber Brantas village, was killed by a falling tree, news site tempo.co reported.
Over 1,200 residents took shelter in five locations, including at the mayor’s residence and the Batu Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) compound.
“We have to evacuate the residents for their own safety,” said a BPBD official, Achmad Choirur Rochim, on Sunday.
“In the villages, strong winds were still felt [during the evacuation process],” he added.
As residents left their homes, a joint team of police and military officers were assigned to safeguard vacant houses in the three affected villages.
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A ‘mini tornado’ struck a small town in Waterford in the early hours of Monday morning.
Residents in Stradbally reported damage caused to their homes and nearby GAA ground at a result of a ‘furious’ weather front.
The weather was so violent, that it woke Val Malone Grant and her son as they slept in their home in the Stradballymore estate.
As much as 50mm of rain fell across Munster in the early hours of Monday.
Speaking on Diese Today on WLRFM, Val said: ‘Yesterday morning at around 5.30am when I woke to the sound of a violent, furious wind. I heard this crashing sound and I thought oh my god, what the hell is that?
‘My teenage son then ran into the bedroom to say that the patio, the sliding doors in the kitchen had smashed everywhere.
‘I ran to the kitchen and I saw that the outer pane of the double glazing had smashed from the outside. It was still dark so I didn’t really see what else was going on out there.
‘There were bits of slate everywhere and we could see that there was a trampoline on top of my neighbour’s shed. Then I went out tot he front garden and the slates had shattered my windscreen.
‘I could see the neighbours out and about surveying the damage. We weren’t using the words tornado or typhoon but it was an awful storm.
‘It was a nuisance as well because I had to get the kids to school.’
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