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Residents assessed the damage after a tornado damaged 150 houses in the district of Tembalang in Semarang, Central Java late on Saturday after-noon.

Three people were injured and at least five of the houses in the Sendangguwo and Tandang neighbourhoods were destroyed, while many others were seriously damaged as the tornado ripped off their roofs. Tohirin aka Jayeng, 40, a resident whose house was levelled at the Sendang Asri housing complex, said the winds hit about 4 p.m.

"I saw this black wind coming and becoming pointed into a funnel. It suddenly approached and hit my house," he said.

Tohirin's wife, two children and mother-in law were in the kitchen at the time when the tornado known locally as "Ulur-ulur" passed over their home, destroying the guest and bedrooms.

"It was as if the wind had lifted my home up," Tohirin said.

The disaster also destroyed the walls of four neighbouring houses.

Many other homes in the area lost their roofs and residents and neighbours had started rebuilding on Sunday.Tembalang district head Dayat said the tornado also damaged a small mosque and felled power lines and about 50 trees. His office was still collecting data on the damage, he said.

Villagers said the tornado was the worst to hit the district in living memory.

Semarang Mayor Sukawi Sutarip and his wife, Sinto Sukawi, visited the scene on Sunday, accom panied by senior officials.

"We will provide the victims with assistance immediately," the mayoral spokesman Achyani said.
(Taken from The Jakarta Post, December 20, 2004)

21. When did the tornado hit the district of Tembalang in semarang?
a. On December 17, 2004.
b. On December 18, 2004.
c. On December 19, 2004.
d. On December 20, 2004.

22. How many houses were destroyed by the tornado in the Sendangguwo and Tandang neighbourhoods?
a. Less than five houses.
b. More than five houses.
c. Five houses.
d. Three houses.

23. The tornado hit the district.
a. in the morning
b. in the afternoon
c. in the evening
d. at midnight

24. Which parts of Tohirin's house were destroyed?
a. The kitchen.
b. The guest rooms.
c. The bedrooms.
d. The guest and bedrooms.

25. The disaster also destroyed the walls of four neighbouring houses.
The synonym of the italicised word is.
a. fortune
b. whirlwind
c. storm
d. calamity

26. Who rebuilt the damaged homes?
a. The residents.
b. The residents and neighbours.
c. The Tembalang District head.
d. The mayor of Semarang.

27. Who is Sukawi Sutarip?
a. A resident of the District of Tembalang.
b. Tohirin's neighbour.
c. A villager of Sendangguwo.
d. The mayor of Semarang.

28. Who went to see the scene of disaster on Sunday?
a. Sukawi Sutarip.
b. Dayat.
c. Sukawi Sutarip, his wife and senior officials.
d. Achyani.

Kunci Jawaban: (Letak kunci jawaban di paragraph berlatarbiru)

21. b
22. c
23. b
24. d
25. d (disaster=calamity=benacana)
26. b
27. d
28. c (accompanied artinya ditemani).

Muhammad Ahkam Arifin
Muhammad Ahkam Arifin Muhammad Ahkam Arifin is a Fulbright PhD student at Washington State University, US. He earned a master`s degree in TESOL from the University of Edinburgh & Applied Linguistics from the University of Melbourne.

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