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Windstorm kills one in Cross River

21 May 2013, 16:45

Cross River-  One person was killed and 6 010 others displaced in six communities following a 15-minutes windstorm that destroyed 350 homes in the Boki Local Government Area of Cross River on Saturday.

Confirming the disaster to newsmen on Monday in Boki, an official of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) said the incident occurred in Ntamante, Okundi, Ishiagurube and Kakwaagom Iruan communities.

Mr David Akate, SEMA’s Assistant Director (Information), told newsmen that: ``It was not so fortunate with the family of Mrs Janet Abang, as it was thrown into mourning over the death of Janet Asu, a 13-year-old JSS 3 student of Budda Comprehensive Secondary School, Kakwagom Iruan.’’

He said that about 3,000 PHCN electric polls were pulled down and their cables left on the ground, leading to the disruption in public power supply.

Akate also said that some telecommunication masts were badly damaged by the storm.

Narrating her experience to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Abang, said the deceased, herself, and the deceased’s nine-year-old younger sister were on their way back from the farm when the storm began.

She said that two trees that were pulled down by the storm fell on them and inflicted deep cuts on Asu’s head.

According to her, Asu died as a result of the injuries, while herself sustained minor injuries and the nine-year-old child was unhurt.

Chief Jonah Otu, the Boki Council Chairman, said the area had experienced various types of disasters which affected the people socially and economically.

He promised that arrangement would be made to accommodate the displaced persons.

It will be recalled that in 2012, a landslide in the Afi Mountain range in the area swept away a substantial part of Buanchor community, displacing many persons.



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