Residents of Galadimawa settlement in the Abuja Municipal Council Area are counting their losses after a heavy rainstorm blew off the roofs of some homes, worship centres and schools on Saturday.
Electric poles and other infrastructure were not spared as some of the poles were uprooted while parts of some buildings around the areas caved in due to the impact of the storm, which accompanied the rain.
The heavy rainstorm, which started around 10pm on Saturday, destroyed property estimated to be worth millions of naira.
This is even as residents and volunteer workers are still trying to ascertain the total cost of the damage.
When our correspondent visited the affected on Sunday, some of the victims were seen trying to salvage valuables and personal effects from the wreckage of their homes.
Pupils of the Galadimawa Primary School, who live around the school, were mobilised to salvage what was left of their desks and chalkboards in some of the affected classroom blocks by the rainstorm
Some residents told Northern City News that the damage was the first of its kind in recent times.
One of the victims, Mr Uchena Ogbona said, “Where do I start from? I have lost everything. We plead with the FCT Administration to come to our aid.”
Another victim, who gave her name as Mrs Uduak Opelema said, “I have never seen anything like this. This rainstorm has destroyed all that I have.
“Look at my house, there is nothing left; the rainstorm destroyed it, we need urgent help in this area.”
Source: By Olatunji Obasa