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Windstorm: SEMA Confirms 6 People Killed, 600 Houses Destroyed In Kano

The Kano State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has confirmed the death of six people and the destruction of 600 houses by a windstorm in four local government areas (LGAs) of the state.

Dr. Sale Jili, Executive Secretary of the Agency, confirmed the disaster on Thursday in Kano, adding that about 1, 752 people were displaced by the windstorm in the past one week.

Jili said the affected areas are Gwale, Rimin Gado, Gwarzo and Kibiya LGAs.

According to him, the displaced are taking shelter with their relatives in the affected communities.

He also revealed that one person was electrocuted in Ja’in area while five others died in a collapsed building in Gwale Local Government Area.

He noted that the agency was awaiting submission of a report from other local government councils affected by the disaster.

The secretary added that the Agency has deployed personnel to the affected areas for the conduct of damage assessment exercise, to enable it to develop comprehensive data on the disaster.

“We have visited Kibiya and Rimingado and distributed relief materials to the victims as an interim measure to alleviate their sufferings.

“The items distributed included food items, bags of cement, roofing sheets, mats, blankets and clothing materials,” he said.

Jili, however, cautioned communities in flood areas to desist from dumping of refuse in waterways to avert flooding.

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