Gusau â€” At least one person was confirmed dead and many others injured, following a windstorm that was accompanied by a heavy rainfallÂ in Maradun and Talata Mafara towns of Zamfara State.
The disaster, which occur-red at about 5 p.m., Wednes-day, left more than 100 houses, including the palace of the Emir of Maradun and studentsâ€™ hostels at the Abdu Gusau Polytechnic, Talata-Mafara, destroyed.
Reports sayÂ that Govern-ment Secondary School, Maradun and a number of shops in the area also had their roofs blown off by the windstorm, which lasted for about 50 minutes.
Some of the victims include a pregnant woman and children, who are now receiving medical attention at the General Hospitals at Maradun and Talata-Mafara.
The Acting Governor, Alhaji Mukhtar Ahmad, who visited the affected areas,Â sympathi-sed with the victims, and prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased.
He said government has set up a committee to assess the damage caused by the wind-storm, with a view to assisting the victims.
He advised people to stopÂ putting up structures on water-ways, warning that theÂ gover-nment would soon commence demolition of illegal structures.