Water tank in Kuantan shopping complex bursts, 4 hurt

At least four people were injured after a water tank on the fourth floor of a shopping complex in Kuantan broke on Sunday (July 23).
At least four people were injured after a water tank on the fourth floor of a shopping complex in Kuantan broke on Sunday (July 23).PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

KUANTAN (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - At least four people were injured after a water tank on the fourth floor of a shopping complex in Kuantan broke, forcing gallons of water and debris to fall to the ground below.

The pieces of debris also damaged 10 motorcycles and three cars, according to the Fire and Rescue Department.

The department received an emergency call at 1.01pm about the incident at the Kompleks Teruntum.

Emergency personnel have secured the site of the incident and were working to clear the debris. 

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The shopping complex has also been closed for safety inspections by the authorities.

One married couple had a close call when the water tank broke, managing to get out of the way of the falling debris. 

Sheikh Mohd Hanafi Sheikh Ali, 50, and his wife Norziah Abdul Ghafar, 51, were walking on a pathway when they suddenly heard a loud boom.

"Water came gushing down with pieces of concrete falling all around us. We managed to get out of the way before being hit by the debris," Mr Sheikh Mohd Hanafi said after the incident.

The couple suffered minor injuries on the knees, elbows and hands as a result of falling down while they trying to avoid getting hit by the debris.

Mr Sheikh Mohd Hanafi said his motorcycle was badly damaged by the debris. "No luck, my motorcycle is damaged. But it is alright as long as we are safe," he said.

Clerk Najawatul Huda Khairuddin, 28, was also thankful that it was only her motorcycle that was damaged.

Ms Najawatul said she had parked the vehicle at about 12.15pm and went shopping. "Fortunately, I was not there when it happened," she said.