Windstorm, heavy rain claim 6 lives, destroy 500 houses in Katsina

Windstorm, heavy rain claim 6 lives, destroy 500 houses in Katsina

- As a result of windstorm and a downpour in Katsina state, six people lost their lives on Thursday, May 17

- Five hundred houses were said to have been destroyed by the incident, while five people were injured

- Those affected will be given relief materials

Six people have lost their lives in Katsina state as a result of windstorm and a downpour in the late hours of Thursday, May 17, while 500 houses were destroyed.

This development was confirmed to newsmen on Friday, May 18, by the executive secretary, Katsina State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Dr Aminu Garba Waziri, Vanguard reports.

Legit.ng notes that according to Dr Waziri, four persons lost their lives in Kukar Gesa while two others died in Shinkafi and Modoji areas of the state.

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The incident left five others injured in Kukar Gesa, and houses were destroyed, leaving several people displaced. Roofing of houses were blown off, electric poles brought down and several fences collapsed.

According to the SEMA boss, four died in Kukar Gesa while two others died in Shinkafi and Modoji areas of the state.

He said: “I got a distress call about the incident around 6pm. Areas affected include Kukar Gesa (100 houses, Shinkafi ward A and B (150 houses), An area popularly known as Ambassador (70 houses) Makera village (40 houses), companies area in Kabarawa (30 houses), Kabarawa, over 53 houses were destroyed in Armed Forces barracks in Nasanta and along Daura road with over 400km of its perimeter fences destroyed and more than 40 electric poles destroyed."

Dr. Waziri, who stated that men and officers were on ground to carry out assessment, disclosed that relief materials would be given to the affected people.

He said following the directive by Governor Aminu Bello Masari, a makeshift camps have been erected for the displaced persons.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported a downpour that hit some parts of Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti state, destroyed buildings, and public properties.

The downpour on Sunday, May 7, 2017, uprooted electric poles belonging to the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN).

The rain, which started around 3am and lasted for about two hours, was said to have destroyed almost 50 buildings as well.

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Source: Legit.ng

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