The Katsina State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has said N200m worth of property was damaged in the Thursday rainstorm which also claimed no fewer than six lives in the state.

SEMA Executive Secretary, Dr Aminu Waziri, stated this on Sunday in Katsina.

He listed areas that were affected to include Kukah Gashua, Modoji, Shinkafi, Ambassador, the army and air force barracks, Makera and Kambarawa.

He stated that SEMA had secured accommodation for some victims of the rainstorm whose houses were destroyed at Kuka Gashua.

The SEMA boss explained that the victims, numbering about 50, had been taking refuge at a school or with friends and neighbours before the government’s intervention.

He said, “As we speak, arrangements are being made by SEMA to supply those affected with foodstuffs and household items in their new accommodation.”

Our correspondent also gathered that the agency would, during the week, make “necessary arrangement for those that suffered damages in the rainstorm.”

The SEMA boss said over 500 houses were either damaged or had their roofs blown away by the rainstorm, adding that the assessment carried out by the agency showed that it would require an average of N100,000 to repair each of the damaged buildings.

He said “If we are to be realistic, property damaged in the rainstorm should be in the region of N200m, especially when we add the damages at the barracks.

“The repairs of the damages in the barracks alone, from my professional estimation, should be in the region of N50m.’’

On Thursday, an evening downpour preceded by strong winds had left no fewer than six people dead, while five others were admitted to the hospital in critical conditions in the Katsina metropolis.

Although six deaths were confirmed by SEMA, six other deaths were reported in the Tudun En-Lihidda area of Katsina.

The downpour, which was the first to be witnessed in the Katsina State this year, began around 5 pm and lasted for about one hour.




Waziri described the incident as a natural disaster.

Source: Punch

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