Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Tears, Sorrow As Major Disaster Hits Katsina-Read Exclusive Report


It is all sorrow and tears as a major disaster reportedly hits the home state of Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari resulting in the death of a teenage boy after a fence collapsed on him in Nwala-Jan Gahe community in Katsina State during a heavy windstorm which also destroyed about 300 houses during in the community.

Also affected by the storm were five persons who sustained varying degrees of injury in the incident.
The incident in question took place on Friday last wek, the Executive Secretary of the Katsina State Emergency Management Agency, Dr. Aminu Waziri, confirmed the incident to newsmen on Tuesday.

On the measures taken so far, Waziri added that the agency had already carried out “immediate cautionary intervention of providing the displaced persons with foodstuffs.”

He said: “On Friday evening, we received a distress call through one of our emergency contact lines and quickly mobilised to the scene of the tragedy.

“We realised that there was a windstorm in the neighbourhood. It is a new layout and one can imagine if wind of high magnitude comes in, the possibility of distabilising the area is high especially when development was done with low level of compliance or low quality of materials. You can imagine how much loss could happen.

“Well, we were able to mobilise and at least provide human intervention. With the help of the state fire service department, we were able to stabilise the situation.

“We lost one person, a young boy who happened to rush out of his mother’s room, because the wind had already blown off the roof and they were a bit confused, so, he came out and one of the fences fell on him and we lost him instantly.

“Also, five others sustained varying degrees of injury in form of fracture. Over 300 houses were affected. And so, we intervened quickly knowing that people will be displaced. And in the spirit of community relations, they were accommodated within the same community by their neighbours.

“So, we immediately provided relief items of foodstuffs with the directive of Governor Aminu Bello Masari. And the governor was so proactive himself, because he was there at 3am on the day the incident happened to see things for himself and why it happened.”


Author: verified_user