Rainstorm destroys 200 houses in Kaduna

Governor of Kaduna state, Malam Nasir El-Rufai

Governor of Kaduna state, Malam Nasir El-Rufai

RAINSTORM destroyed over 200 residential houses and shops in Zaria city and parts of Sabon-gari Local Council of Kaduna State on Saturday, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

The storm also destroyed electric installations and pulled down trees, blocking some streets.
The areas worse hit are Sabon-gari, Samaru, Danmagaji, Wusasa, Kofar Gayan Low Cost Housing Estate and parts of Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic temporary site, among others.

A NAN correspondent who visited the affected areas saw residents trying to salvage some items, while the debris of destroyed structures were being cleared.

Efforts to speak with the Interim Management Committee Chairman of Zaria Local Council, Alhaji Ja’afaru Abbas, were not successful but a top official of the council confirmed the extensive damage by the storm.
“We have been trying to see how we can assist the victims,” the official said, pleading anonymity.

A cross section of victims who were interviewed expressed shock over the incident, describing it as the worst in the past 10 years.
One of the victims, Malam Sani Aliyu, described the development as “the will of God Almighty that no human could have stopped.”

He appealed to the relevant authorities to come to their aid to cushion the effect of the tragedy.
Another victim, Alhaji Ilyas Is’haq of Sabongari, said that the disaster came at a time when people had no money at hand, hence the need for the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency to urgently assist the victims.

Malam Mamman Magaji of Wusasa, said that the entire roof of his house was removed, while part of the fence covering the house was also brought down.

Meanwhile, following the flood incident in the state, officials of Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) have established eight camps for the over 30,000 Internal Displaced Persons in the metropolis.

The Executive Secretary of SEMA, Ezekiel Baba-Karik, who addressed journalists in his office after a tour to the flooded communities in the metropolis, said stakeholders such as the Red Cross Society, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), NSCDC, police and other volunteers have registered many people at the camps.

Baba-Karik explained that the camps are located in Abubakar Kigo road Primary School, Rafin Guza Primary School, LEA Primary School Zangon Road in Tudun Wada, LEA Primary School Auguwan Rimi Low Cost.
Others are at Gamji Shooting Range multi-purpose hall, Government Secondary School Nasarawa and LEA Primary School, Unguwar Muazu.

The SEMA boss said one of the stakeholders, NEMA, has donated relief materials such as food and mattresses to alleviate the sufferings of the victims.
While sympathizing with those who lost properties and other valuables, Baba-Karik urged the people to see it as an act of God, and appealed to the victims who could not be evacuated to report to the nearest camps for prompt assistance.

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