10th May, 2012
More than 600 houses had their roofs blown off by windstorm in Maradun town and three of its neighbouring villages in Zamfara, the Emir, Alhaji Garba Tambari, has said.
Tambari disclosed this in Maradun when he received the state Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Wakkala, in his palace.
He said that seven persons, including a little girl, lost their lives in collapsed buildings in Maradun, the headquarters of Maradun Local Government Area of the state.
He said that the matter had been reported to the state and federal government’s emergency relief agencies and that both organisations had responded immediately.
Responding, Wakkala, who inspected some of the affected buildings, s aid the state government was deeply touched by the natural disaster.
He gave assurance that the government would do all in its powers to see that the affected persons and families were compensated.
He donated more than N1 million from the state government to the emir for the settlement of treatment bills of those injured.
The deputy governor said that government had set up a 17-man committee to assess the damage caused by the windstorm, adding that it would respond immediately on receipt of the committee’s findings.
NAN reports that almost all households were affected in one way or the other by the windstorm which started at about 9 p.m. on Friday and lasted for over one hour.
Some of the houses lost their roofs to the storm while others collapsed, leaving the occupants in the open.
As at the time of filing this report, many of the victims had taken refuge at the less affected houses.
NAN also reports that the state government had made available blankets and mattresses to the victims, including those in the neighbouring villages of Dosara, Maikano and Danbaza, all in Zamfara.