Over 100 houses in 15 villages of Illela local government area was wrecked by heavy downpour, leading to the death of one person while seven others include a mother and her three children sustained various degrees of injuries.
According to reports, it was noted that schools, local government council secretariat and other public buildings were among the properties destroyed by the downpour.
The Chairman of the Council, Alhaji Abdullahi Haruna said: “The rain started around 5pm on Friday and lasted only for 30 minutes but the damage it caused was enormous.”
He disclosed that over 100 houses were verified to have been destroyed by the downpour while the committee are still going round to identify the losses.
The Chairman said one death was noted down and six of the seven injured people had been discharged after being treated.
Sarkin Arewan Araba, traditional ruler of one of the most affected area, Alhaji Garba Yusuf said the downpour destroyed more than 50 houses in the area.
He said that the deceased man was struck by thunderstorm in one of the five villages the downpour affected.
He explained this while hosting the chairman of the local government council who was in the district to assess the aftermath of the downpour in the area.
Alhaji Yusuf appreciated the chairman’s visit and also pleaded for timely aid to the victims, some of whom had no where to stay as their house had been destroyed by the downpour.
One of the affected persons, Mallam Yusuf Ibrahim said his wife and children had sustained injuries as their apartment collapsed during the heavy downpour.
However, he included that they were discharged as their cases were confirmed not to be life threatening.
The local government chairman pinpointed inferior building materials as the cause of the disaster.
According to him, all the houses destroyed did not meet the minimum standard of building.
He therefore told the works department of the local government to make sure people conform with the rule while erecting houses.
The Chairman said the state government, State Emergency Management Agency and NEMA had been informed for relief materials to the victims and their reaction was alright.