Residents of Illela Local Government Area of Sokoto State, were thrown into a state of bewilderment as rainstorm swept through 15 villages killing one, destroying over 100 houses and leaving about seven persons including a mother and her three children with varying degrees of injuries.
The Council Chairman, Abdullahi Haruna, made this disclosure on Sunday, June 2 while speaking to newsmen un the state.
According to him, six out of the injured persons have been discharged from hospital after treatment.
Among the affected buildings are the local government council secretariat, schools and other public places.
The chairman said: “Te strong wind and heavy rain started around 5 p.m. on Friday and lasted for 30 minutes, but the damage it caused was enormous.
“So far, we have been able to identify more than 100 houses destroyed by the rainstorm.
“A committee has been set up to assess the extent of the damage.”
The chairman attributed the extent of the destruction to the use of substandard building materials for building in the area.
He, therefore, directed the Works Department of the local government to ensure that people complied with the standard building regulations forthwith.
He said the council had contacted the State Emergency Management Agency and the National Emergency Management Agency for assistance to the victims.
According to him, responses of the two agencies have been satisfactory.
“On our part, we are waiting for the report of the committee before deciding on what to do for the victims,’’ Mr. Abdullahi said.
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