Banda Aceh, Aceh (ANTARA) - At least 102 homes have been damaged by strong winds witnessed in Banda Aceh, Aceh province, since Friday (May 27, 2022), the Banda Aceh Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) has reported.

The worst winds were reported on Sunday (May 29), acting head of the Banda Aceh BPBD, Rizal Abdillah, said in Banda Aceh on Wednesday.

"Strong winds with speeds reaching 105 km/h damaged the roofs of 102 houses and public facilities," he informed.

According to Abdillah, the losses due to the damage reached millions of rupiah, but data was still in the process of being collected and calculated.

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In addition to residents' homes, the strong winds also damaged several public facilities owned by the Banda Aceh administration, including the Kuta Alam Health Center, Al-Mahirah Market, and three elementary school buildings, he said.

One kindergarten building, the Syiah Kuala Sub-district Office, and the Peulanggahan Village Head Office also suffered damage, he added.

He said that the number of damaged buildings could still increase as strong winds have continued to be recorded in the area.

"In addition to the damaged buildings, we also recorded some 11 trees falling on several sections of the road. Strong winds also resulted in a resident being rushed to the hospital due to a broken hand by a fallen tree," he added.

Moreover, Abdillah said the Banda Aceh city government has designated the extreme weather as an emergency disaster because it has damaged many houses and public facilities.

With the state of emergency declared, public facilities and residents whose homes have been affected by the disaster can receive help based on the available budget, he added.

"Residents affected by the strong wind disaster have also received assistance during the panic period in the form of basic necessities distributed by the city government," he informed.

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