Scores of buildings have been destroyed by rainstorm in Aguleri, Anambra East Local Government Area of Anambra State, while an injured man is currently receiving treatment in a hospital in Asaba, the Delta State capital.
A source in Aguleri said, “The structures, including residential houses and schools, are mostly located in one of the Internally Displaced Persons’ camps at the Father Joseph Memorial High School in the area.
“The storm also wreaked havoc on the Justice Chinwuba Memorial Secondary School, Aguleri, forcing some of the students to study under trees.”
A student said, “We were in the hostel on Sunday night when heavy wind started to blow off the roofs of the hostel and pushing out the doors. We had to run for our dear lives.”
The principals of both schools described the incident as shocking and devastating, and appealed to the government for assistance.
The Principal, Father Joseph Memorial High School, Rev. Fr. Anthony Okoye, said the storm rendered more than 2,000 students stranded.
He stated, “I have never seen such a devastating incident before; almost all the buildings in the school were affected, including the refectory, teachers’ quarters, classroom blocks and hostels.
“The students will soon start their exams and there are no enough classrooms for them now. We are calling on the government, NEMA, SEMA and churches to come to our aid.”
The Principal, Justice Chinwuba Memorial Secondary School, Aguleri, Mr Emmanuel Anerobi, said, “I told the contractor when he was roofing this structure that he was using substandard materials, but he turned a deaf ear.
“Now, look at our classroom block; the windstorm has carried it away. We are in dire need now.”
An ex-student of the school, Mike Meze, regretted that the storm destroyed the new structures recently erected by the old boys’ association.
He called for government assistance to enable the students, especially those in junior and senior secondary examination classes, to resume studies in earnest.
“We are really confused. We had planned that before the end of this year, we would build a bigger structure here that would also have sick bay. The government must act fast to rescue us now,” he added.
In Asaba, Delta State, the rainstorm that wreaked havoc on Monday left a man hospitalised and destroyed part of a building and a signpost mounted on the Summit-Illah Road on the premises of the Post Primary Education Board.
An eyewitness, Mr Azuka Obuseh, whose business premises is located close to the scene, told one of our correspondents that the storm pulled down the signpost, which hit the man, who was hurrying to leave the premises as a result of the approaching rain.
He said, “The sound of the fallen signpost and the cry for help of the trapped man drew the attention of the people around, who hurriedly rescued and rushed him to the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba.
“There was no sign that the signpost was not firmly fixed, making people to wonder what could have happened had the signpost fallen directly on the road when vehicular traffic was heavy. It could have been a disastrous.
“A second signpost on the same road on the Summit junction by the Benin-Asaba Expressway also poses danger to users of the road.”
He added that the rainstorm also pulled down a tree on the premises of the PPEB, which partially blocked the entrance to the office of the Delta State Task Force on the Environment.
Also, three buildings were destroyed on the DLA Road in Asaba, leaving the occupants homeless.
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