Windstorm destroys 20 houses, renders 500 homeless in C’River
WINDSTORM on Saturday destroyed about 100 residential and public buildings and over 500 persons were rendered homeless in Mbarakom village in Akamkpa Local Council of Cross River State.
Most of the affected persons are now taking refuge with neighbours, relations and friends in other communities.
The incident un-capped about 20 houses while 30 had their walls pulled down and several others with different degrees of damages.
Though no life was lost, several persons who sustained injuries are receiving treatment in different clinics and herbal homes.
Also affected were facilities at the Welmar Company Headquarters, managers of the former Kalaro Palm Estates were some buildings in the various camps and communication mast were destroyed.
Conducting the Director-General, Cross River State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr. Vincent Aquah round the affected areas, the Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr. Itaya Asuquo said the people were highly traumatised and would require an urgent intervention.
The Deputy Speaker, who represents Akamkpa 1 State Constituency, said that it was also worrisome that a six-room block of the Government Primary School was completely pulled down and the community market as well as some churches damaged.
This he said would have negative effect on the academic activities of the school and the economy of the country.
Itaya said that the ravaging storm was the worst phenomenon in recent times.
Aquah attributed the natural disaster to the global climate change and advised that measures should be taken to avert the severity of future occurrence.
Aquah who was represented by the Deputy Director, Relief, Mr. Andy Adeshi, outlined some of the measures to include an aggressive planting of trees, which would act as windbreakers and the maintenance of buildings as well as the construction of buildings according to government specifications. He sympathized with the victims and promised that government would do everything possible within the shortest possible time to alleviate their sufferings.
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