BY KHADIJAT OMOWUMI MUSTAPHA, MAY 11, 2022 | 04:45 AM
At least five people were confirmed death following the collapse of a building as a result of heavy rainstorm in Damaturu, capital of Yobe State.
The incident occurred Monday evening.
Dr. Mohammed Goje, executive secretary of Yobe State Emergency Management Agency confirmed the incident in a statement.
According to him, a search and rescue team from the agency immediately responded to the emergency after a distress call by good samaritans and supported the evacuation of victims to the Yobe State Specialist Hospital.
‘A total of 41 victims who are from 6 different communities/locations, Waziri Ibrahim Extension, Abbari Extension, NayiNawa, Pompomari, House of Assembly Quarters, Gujba Road and Maisandari) were evacuated and unfortunately 5 died 2 boys, 1 adult woman, 2 girls,’ Dr. Goje explained.
Government sympathizes with the victims
Gov. Mai Mala Buni, the state governor sympathized and condoled with the families of the deceased people.
Mamman Mohammed, Mr. Buni’s spokesman in a statement on Tuesday said his principal described the incident as sad and unfortunate.
‘It is very sad losing the victims in this very unfortunate natural disaster but that is the decreed time by the Almighty.
‘We pray to Allah (SWT) to forgive their shortcomings and to grant their families the fortitude to bear the loss,’ Gov. Buni prayed.
He also sympathized with those who sustained injuries during the incident and prayed for their quick recovery.
He directed YOSEMA to ensure their full treatment and also provide them, as well as all other victims with emergency relief materials to cushion the hardship.
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