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Windstorm wreaks havoc in 5 Cross River towns

By John Ighodaro
CALABAR—A windstorm has wreaked havoc in five towns in Cross River State, removing roofs of buildings, destroying electrical installations, damaging school buildings and generally defacing the towns.

The windstorm, which accompanied a heavy downpour, was initially seen as a form of succour as the towns, Ogoja, Obudu, Okuku, Igoli and Bekwara had before then witnessed unbearable heat until its violence left destruction and agony in its wake.

One of the affected residents, Rev. Moses Omoyenwa, compared the windstorm to the one that occurred the same time last year.

“Last year, it was our church that was pulled down. This time it is my residence; tell me what I am going to do.

“My members have put in extra time and resources to put the church building back. How fair will it be for me to ask  them do same for my house?”
While almost all the houses in Okuku were destroyed, at Igoli, only the storey buildings were affected by the storm.

A landlord, one of the victims of the windstorm, Mr Thomas Ogonyi, was at a loss on what to do next, but called on government to come to the assistance of the people.

On the damaged roofing sheets, he said “most of them have been rendered useless by the storm, so why be in a hurry to pack them?

“Now we are at the mercy of the elements, though the rains have been slow in coming  now that they are here, it is going to be an every day affair.”

Chaiman of Yala Local Government has, however, assured that government will come to the aid of the people to ameliorate their pitiable condition.

According to him, “I was away in Calabar to attend the caucus meeting when the storms struck, but I have been briefed.

“We shall soon undertake measures to cushion the impact of the devastation on our people. I will also inform the governor, be assured that when next you call something has been done.”


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