Windstorm Kills 5, Injures Catholic Priest In Jalingo
The rain is setting-in and it is already having devastating effect on some states in Nigeria.
In Taraba State, at least five people were killed and many others sustained various degrees of injuries by windstorm in Jalingo, the capital of the State.
The windstorm which occurred on Saturday also destroyed several houses, offices, schools, police officers Mess, worship places among others.
The Police spokesman for the state, David Misal, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria in Jalingo.
“Yes! We can confirm that four people died opposite the Specialist Hospital, Jalingo when a mast fell on them due to the rain storm, ” he said.
With the level of destruction, it is possible that more people might be affected, he also stated.
The Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee of the Taraba Specialist Hospital, Jalingo, Dr. Dashe Dasogot, said five corpses were brought to the mortuary of the hospital after the rainstorm.
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Dr. Dasogot added that two persons with various degrees of injuries were receiving treatment at the emergency unit of the hospital.
“Four of the dead were from a GLO mast that fell opposite the gate of our hospital here and one other was brought from the town,” he said.
An eyewitness, Mrs Henrietta Anthony, said three of her cousins, Aisha Useni, Felicia Istifanus and Istiah James, were among the four people that were killed when a telecommunication mast fell on them during the rainstorm.