Windstorm destroys 50 houses in Gombe, 30 in Cross River


A downpour occurring with windstorm has destroyed no fewer than 50 houses in DadinKowa town of YamaltuDeba Local Government Area of Gombe State.

The heavy rain that lasted over an hour, wreaked havoc in some parts of the town, destroying the tens of houses and injuring many people.

Daily Trust correspondent who visited the affected houses yesterday, reports that no life was lost, but the over 50 houses were located in about 10 residential areas, forcing occupants to seek refuge in neighbours’ houses. 

An affected resident of Hawa-Hawaquarters, Malam Yusuf Sani, said he was sleeping in his two-bedroom apartment when the room collapsed. “We were sleeping with my family when the building collapsed. I was able to evacuate them safely to our family house, but in the process I got a minor injury in my back,” he said.

Apart from residential buildings, electric poles that supplied the area with electricity were affected. 

Speaking to Daily Trust on the incident, the Information Officer of Yamaltu Emirate Council, Adamu Muhammad Mijinyawa, said the Emirate had compiled the list of the houses that were destroyed by the windstorm for submission to the authorities at the local government headquarters in Deba.

And in Cross Rivers State, a wild wind destroyed 30 residential and public buildings in Emankpa Egbong and other communities in Ekajuk, Ogoja.

The windstorm blew off roofs of the houses and pulled down walls, displacing over 200 persons.

The storm which was accompanied by heavy rain, destroyed household properties and tree crops such as pears, mangoes, oranges, pawpaw and plantain.

Witnesses have described the situation as pathetic as victims are now squatting with neighbors and relatives while members of churches destroyed now worship under tree shades and some other inconvenient places.

The Director General of the Cross River State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr.John Inaku assured that the list of the victims would be forwarded to the Governor for intervention.

In Anambra State, no fewer than 200 persons, including a 98-year old man, Emmanuel Onyeleme, were rendered homeless following a flood that caused much damage in Ubaha Ezira community in Orumba Local Government Area.

Narrating their ordeal to newsmen yesterday at Ezira, the nonagenarian Emmanuel Onyeleme said they now lived like refugees in their hometown.

He said the type of flood in their community after the downpour that lasted hours on Monday was the first of its kind he had witnessed in his lifetime. Attributing the development to certain contractor handling a road construction in the area, Onyeleme said, “Government should take responsibility for this because they brought these contractors who are doing this shoddy job that led to this catastrophe. They should construct a proper gutter along this road so that subsequent rains would not submerge us. And they should pay us for this damage.” 

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