Strong windstorm kills infant, injures 2 others in Kebbi


A violent windstorm, accompanied by heavy rainfall, Monday, led to the loss of life of an infant and hospitalisation of two persons in Birnin Kebbi, the Kebbi state capital.

A number of houses were also destroyed by the natural disaster which blew off roofs as buildings collapsed. 

Properties, including furniture, electronic gadgets, household utensils and foodstuffs worth millions of naira also perished in the disaster. 

Areas mostly affected are Makerar Gandu, ‘Yar Yara, Filin Sukuwa, Illelar Yari and Zinari hotel. 

One of the victims, Babangida Usman, stated that at Makerar Gandu area, part of  his building collapsed, burying his three month old daughter, Fatima alive as she died instantly.

“At about 2 a.m. Monday morning, I was inside the room together with my wife while our infant daughter was lying on the carpet. 

“As the wind began to blow, my wife stood up to tidy household utensils outside and I was about to assist her when the  entire part of the building from above caved in missing me by inches but enveloping our little daughter.

“We quickly removed the debris off her, but she was not breathing. The little girl has passed on, we took solace in God, who is the ultimate creator of life and death and we have succumbed to fate,” he stated.  

Another victim, Aliyu Bala, said his entire building was destroyed, including property and foodstuffs but without injury or death to his family. 

Similarly, some residents of Filin Sukuwa area of Birnin Kebbi were not lucky as two persons are now receiving treatment in hospital for injury sustained in the tragedy. 

The deputy executive secretary, Kebbi State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Muhammad Attahiru Giro, told newsmen that the agency has taken stock of the magnitude of the windstorm and would provide emergency relief to the victims.