1 dead and 150 houses destroyed as windstorm wreaks havoc in Nasarawa

One person was confirmed dead, with several others injured, while more than 150 houses were destroyed in Agbashi community, Doma Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, following a rainstorm that wreaked havoc in the area.

Vice Chairman of Doma LGA, John Bako Ari who confirmed this on Wednesday said the tragedy occurred Tuesday evening, leaving several people homeless.

According to Bako Ari, over 150 residential houses, churches, mosques, and schools were destroyed. 

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“It is true that the windstorm destroyed over 150 houses, including mosques and schools. The incident happened yesterday evening,” the vice chairman said. 

Also speaking on the incident, Acting Chairman, Agbashi Development Association (ADA), Anthony Oshinyeka, described the incident as unfortunate, stating that Bassa settlement in Iponu, outskirts of Agbashi, was badly affected as one man lost his life while seven others were injured.

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Oshinyeka called on both the state and federal governments to urgently intervene to cushion the devastating effect of the windstorm on the distressed people of Agbashi community.

The acting ADA chairman also solicited immediate release of relief materials and medical aid to the affected communities.

In another development, two heavy rainfalls in some parts of Oyo State have rendered several residents of Ajaawa, headquarters of Ogo-Oluwa local government area of Oyo State homeless, destroying over 300 houses.

A victim described the two separate rainfalls as unfortunate, saying two persons were also injured and rushed to a hospital.

“It was a disastrous occurrence. The first rainfall occurred nine days ago (last week Thursday) and it destroyed over 100 houses.

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“We are yet to recover from that when another downpour started yesterday at about 4pm and when it stopped over 200 houses had been destroyed. It is devastating,” he said.

The traditional ruler of the town, Alajaawa of Ajaawa, Oba Thompson Adeyeye, in a telephone conversation, confirmed the development, saying so many of his subjects had been rendered homeless.

He expressed grief over the disaster and urged governments, political office holders and philanthropists to assist the community.

It was learnt yesterday that the lawmaker representing Ogo-Oluwa/Surulere federal constituency, Hon Sunday Makanjuola, had sent his domestic aides to commiserate with the people of the town over the disaster and assess the extent of damage.

Obalade Kadewole, a domestic aide to the lawmaker, revealed this in a short statement yesterday.

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