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Windstorm destroys 310 houses in C-River

By John Ighodaro

CALABAR—No fewer than 310 houses have been destroyed in a windstorm disaster in the Abi Local Government Area of Cross River State, even as 600 persons were rendered homeless.

Among the casualties were school buildings,  hospitals, markets and other public and private buildings.
Most of the victims rendered homeless are primary school children who now receive lessons in clusters of makeshift structures.

The disaster is coming on the heels of similar violent natural upheavals which occurred in the area last year, which the residents of the area had hardly recovered from.

Last year’s occurrences included hailstones, windstorms and flooding that swept through the area.
At Itigidi and Ediba, some of the areas affected presented horrifying pictures of the displaced indigenes going through the throes of unimaginable suffering.

Among the displaced was an 80-year-old woman, Mama Bassey, who lay in a house without a roof, covering herself in a blanket.

Prodded to comment on her condition, she said she was asleep when she heard a bang caused by the heavy wind, adding that the roof had been blown off by the violent wind.


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