Storm, on Monday evening, destroyed buildings, cars and other properties in various parts of Rivers State.
The heavy rain began around 4:00 p.m. Trees, electric and other poles and telecommunication masts, among others were blown down. The storm left in its trail destruction as the polls and trees collapse on buildings; damaging roofs and properties. Roofs on high rise buildings were either completely removed or seriously damaged.
Though unconfirmed reports said some lives were lost, even as the state police command was not sure anyone died in the storm.
The spokesman of the command, Nnamdi Omoni, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said: “As we speak now, we have not had any report that anyone died. Let the rumour bearers tell you the location the people were said to have died.”
The worse hit in the storm that lasted barely one hour was “Captain Elechi Amadi Polytechnic (aka) Port Harcourt Polytechnic, established by the Governor Nyesom Wike-led administration three years ago.
Eight of the structures on the campus were severely damaged by the storm, disrupting their ongoing second semester examinations which began the same day.
The building housing the office of the Rector and his Deputy were not spared, the roofing sheet were partly blown off, apparently sacking the duo from their offices. Tables, chairs and documents were reportedly drenched by the rain.
When our reporter visited the scene in the afternoon, officials of the institution were stranded, lurking around their office buildings, with no place to operate from. Some of them were busy sorting the documents and taking them to unknown destinations.
The structure housing Niger Delta Science School (NDSS), established in the institution and operated by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), was also destroyed by the storm. The roof and ceiling boards of the administrative block were removed, and the offices flooded.
Officials of the state government, including the Commissioners for Special Duties and Education, have visited the scene to ascertain the extent of damage.