Rainstorm Destroys 100 Houses In Kebbi

From Ayodele Ajoge, Birnin-Kebbi

A midnight rain storm last weekend destroyed no fewer than 100 houses in Zauro village a suburb of Birnin-Kebbi, the Kebbi State Capital. 

The Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Yakubu Bala Tafidan Yauri who visited the scene of the incident expressed deep sympathy with the people of Zauro, on behalf of Kebbi State Governor, Dr. Nasir Idris who is away in Saudi Arabia for this year Hajj.

He assured that, the government under Dr. Nasir Idris would provide immediate relief measures to ease the hardship the victims might have encountered during the defferstating incident. Pointing out that the State government would provide relief assistance to victims.

The Special Adviser on Special Duties to the governor who is an indigene of the Village, Alhaji Shafi’u Zauro told newsmen at the scene of the incident that the Governor has also mandated him to immediately mobilise the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, and other relevant authorities to undertake an on the spot assessment and provide succour to those affected people.

He added that the Governor has also directed the relevant authorities to provide immediate relief materials to the victims whose houses were destroyed by rainstorm.

Also speaking to Journalists at the scene, the Executive Director of SEMA, Engr. Abbas Rabi’u Kamba, said the agency has taken inventory of those affected as well as extent of damage preparatory to providing food items and building materials to them. 

The Executive Director advised urban and rural dwellers to imbibe the spirit of tree planting to mitigate the impact of windstorm.

Similarly, the Managing Director of the Hydro Power Producing Development Areas Commission, HYPPADEC.

Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq Yelwa Katuka, said the commission would liaise with SEMA to bring succour to victims as he expressed delight with the prompt presence of Kebbi State Government at the scene of the incident.

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