By Mohammed Ahmed Kaigama/ Amina Ahmed
Heavy rainfall and windstorm on Saturday destroyed property in Bauchi metropolis, reports the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Although there were reports of injuries, the authorities are yet to ascertain whether or not some people had lost their lives.
The downpour, which started at about 4pm, lasted for about two hour, uprooting trees, removing roofing sheets and destroying buildings
A Correspondent of NAN who went round reports that pieces of roofing sheets, fallen trees and electricity poles, as well as debris of destroyed houses, littered the town, just as some people were also rendered homeless.
Areas worst affected are Yakubu Wanka,Makwalla, Bakin Kura,Wuntin Dada,Fadaman Mada, Federal Low Cost, Zango and Old Airport areas of the metropolis.
In Fadaman Mada , the windstorm removed a substantial part of the roofing of the Bauchi Zonal office of News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Contacted for comments on the incident, Permananet Secretary, Bauchi State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Malam Shehu Ningi, told NAN that they were still collating facts on casualties and property destroyed.
He however said that their preliminary findings indicated that the destruction was enormous, adding that details would be presented to newsmen soon.
However, the wife and children of Malam Mohammed Kaigama, a Correspondent of NAN in Bauchi narrowly escaped death when their apartment collapsed, following the windstorm and heavy rain.
Kaigama said his wife, two children and an in-law were in the parlour of his Wuntin Dada residence in Bauchi metropolis, when the rain started. He was out on an official duty.
“Suddenly, the wind and rain became stronger, forcing the wall of our compound and bedroom to collapse.
“However, the parlour, where my wife and the children were sitting was not affected. But I can tell you, it was a narrow escape,” he said.
He said some of his valuables were destroyed, but thanked God for sparing the lives of his family.
“My family members are squatting with neighbours but I am still putting up in the partially collapsed structure,” said Kaigama.