Niger state: Rainstorm kills 7, destroys many houses in Rafin Sanyi
Seven people have been killed in Rafin Sanyi area of Suleja Local Government Area of Niger state by torrential rains that started at about 9: 30 p.m. on Friday.
Chairman of Suleja Local Government, Alhaji Abdullahi Maje, who confirmed the jncjdent in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria, NAN in Minna on Saturday, said the downpour began at about 9:30 p.m. when residents of Unguwar Gwari were asleep.
” We have already deposited 7 corpses at Sabon Wuse General Hospital and are searching for several others that are missing.
“Several houses have also partially collapsed in the area, while trees fell on roads and vehicles in different parts of Rafin Sanyi.
“The roofs of several buildings, supermarkets, Kiosks and public buildings were also blown off by the rainstorm,” the chairman said.
A resident of Rafin Sanyi, Alhaji Bashiru Musa, told NAN in a telephone interview, that “the strong wind that accompanied the rains destroyed several houses, billboards, electric poles and blew off the roofs of many houses.
” Some electric poles also collapsed, which has resulted in a power outage in the entire vicinity,” Musa said.