By Abdallah el-Kurebe, Sokoto

Residents of five villages in Yabo Local Government Area of Sokoto State got the shock of their lives at the weekend when a wind storm struck and destroyed 110 houses. Presently the residents are still counting their losses, especially in the villages that were completely razed by the raging storm.

The villages razed by the wind storm include Toronkawa, Muza, Zezi, Dagawa and Yabo.

At Zezi village, Vanguard Metro, VM, found out that most of the houses were razed, including the 37-year-old Zezi Primary School, which roof-top was blown off by the storm.

A villager staring helplessly at the ruins of what used to be his house in one of the affected villages

One of the victims of the wind storm who spoke with VM, Wakili Dantudu, 48, said that the wind storm began at about 5pm on Friday, destroying three rooms in his house.

“The wind storm started violently at 5pm. As you can see, almost all the houses have been blown off and some others, completely razed down,” Dantudu told VM.

He called on the local and state government to their aid as quickly as possible.

Also speaking to VM, 28-year-old Habibu Abubakar, who had dislocation on his left shoulder as a result of the storm, said that until government came to the community’s aid, people of the community risked further disaster, especially now that rainy season was at hand.

“You can see that I have dislocation on my shoulder. Rubbles of the razed building fell on me, causing this injury on my shoulder,” Abubakar said, adding: “My appeal to the government is to come to our aid with immediate effect.”

Chairman of Yabo Local Government Council, Abubakar Shamaki confirmed to Vanguard Metro that a total of 110 houses were destroyed by the wind storm in five villages of the local government area.

“The villages in which the 110 houses were destroyed include Toronkawa, Muza, Zezi, Dagawa and Yabo. We are now trying to assess the extent of the destruction in these villages,” the chairman said adding: “In the interim, we have set up a committee under the chairmanship of the State PDP chairman, Alhaji Sabo Madawaki and we have provided N1 million for the victims of Dagawa and Zezi villages as immediate assistance.”

Shamaki added that the storm victims in the five villages would receive a total of N2.5 million.

“All the victims in the five villages will receive N2.5 million. This is an immediate measure taken by the local government to assist the communities,” the chairman added.

The Information Unit of the local government, according to Shamaki, “is going round taking photos of and video-taping the destroyed houses with a view to formally writing the state government and other related organisations to provide disaster relief.”

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