Wind­storm rav­ages Benue towns

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hope Abah, Makurdi

Heavy winds Wed­nes­day night swept across some towns in Benue State, caus­ing ma­jor dam­age to houses and elec­tri­cal in­stal­la­tions. The wind which her­alded a rain­fall that lasted for two hours started about 9:20pm.

Daily Trust gath­ered that Otukpo, Makurdi and some other places were badly af­fected as the storm up­rooted trees and pulled off roofs.

The de­vel­op­ment poised a tough chal­lenge for PHCN work­ers and the san­i­ta­tion agency yes­ter­day as they strug­gled to re­move fallen elec­tric poles and dirt which blocked roads and drainages, es­pe­cially in Makurdi. A res­i­dent, Luke Tor, whose house was af­fected, lamented the ex­tent of de­struc­tion, plead­ing with God not to let such ever hap­pen again. “I’m re­ally go­ing to spend money that I never bud­geted for this pur­pose. My en­tire roof was blown off by the wind and my property was de­stroyed,” he said. Many other res­i­dents of the cap­i­tal city and Otukpo nar­rated sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ences.

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