News: Penang freak storm- 20-foot concrete beam hanging precariously from 25-storey building

The Star, 14 Jun 2013

GEORGE TOWN: A 20-foot concrete beam has been hanging from the top of the Umno building in Macalister Road here following the freak storm in Penang that killed two on Thursday evening.

Penang Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said the authorities were working closely with the developer to remove the beam.

“We have barricaded the building and closed the road stretch for about 1km as the beam may fall down anytime,” he said.

He added that a water pipe under the road was badly damaged, but repair works could only be done after removing the beam from the 25-storey building.

“The repair work on ground may cause vibrations,” he said, which could shake the beam loose.

Phee said Penang Municipal Council workers had resumed clean-up work at 6.30am Friday and the debris was removed within two hours.

A crane is expected to reach the scene at 1pm to remove the beam from the building.

Meanwhile, chief minister Lim Guan Eng said the state government would help property owners to appoint contractors to replace roofs that were blown away by the storm.

He said the state government’s priority was to make sure everything was back to normal as soon as possible.