Over 250 schools in Malaysia closed due to heatwave

Malaysia’s Education Ministry ordered schools in Jerantut, Temerloh and Perlis to close on Monday (April 11) after temperatures soared to 37°C for 72 hours.

The ministry said in a statement that the closure would affect 68 secondary schools and 191 primary schools involving a total of 97,533 students.

Teachers and school administrators are required to carry on their working duties as usual.

Meanwhile, the Malaysian Meteorological Department (MET) said the high temperatures were expected to fall this week.

A spokesman told Malay Mail the country was facing a monsoon transition phase which would lead to rain and thunderstorms in the morning and evening throughout most states on the west coast of the peninsula, and Sabah and Sarawak.

He also said the El Nino weather phenomenon would gradually decrease and temperatures should return to normal by the middle of the year.

“As we enter the middle of the month, this transition period should see heavier rain and thunderstorms occurring more often. This transition period is expected to last till May,” he said.

The department said certain towns such as Chuping, Alor Setar, Ipoh and Keningau should expect temperatures readings from 35°C to 37°C this month.

Although the days were expected to be cooler, he urged the public to still reduce outdoor activities.

“Strong winds, rain and thunderstorms are expected during this period. Hence, we advise the people to stay indoors whenever possible.

In Kuala Nerang, a house was flattened and 37 others damaged after a storm hit villages in Padang Terap district at about 6.30pm on Saturday.

No injuries were reported.

Mr Ahmad Rosidi Nyan, 40, was shocked to see his house in Kampung Padang Nyior levelled by the storm.

He and his family were in Kuala Nerang when he received a call from a friend, telling him about what happened to his house.

“I thought it was slightly damaged but I was shocked when I saw it. Now I can’t live there. Everything is gone. All my appliances have been damaged,” he said in a Bernama report.

Mr Ahmad said he would be living with his brother until his house was rebuilt.

Another resident, Mr Nordin Ahmad, 56, said the roof of his house was blown off after his house was battered by strong winds and heavy rain.

“I immediately told my wife Sharifah Abdullah, 54, and my children to run out of the house. As I ran out my front door, I saw a tree being uprooted by the strong wind,” he said.

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