One person died and about 100 houses were destroyed in a rainstorm that swept through 15 villages in Illela Local Government Area of Sokoto State, the Chairman, Abdullahi Haruna, told reporters yesterday.
Haruna said seven others, including a mother and her three children, were injured in the Friday disaster. Six of the seven have been discharged from the hospital.
According to him, the council secretariat, schools and other public places were destroyed.
“The strong wind and heavy rain started about 5pm on Friday, and lasted for 30 minutes, but the damage it caused was enormous. So far, we have identified more than 100 houses destroyed. A committee has been set up to assess the extent of the damage,” Haruna said.
The chairman attributed the extent of the damage to the use of substandard building materials.
He directed the Works Department of the council to enforce compliance with standard building regulations forthwith.
Haruna added that the council had contacted the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for help, and their responses were positive