Rainstorm on Tuesday night damaged over 40 residential buildings in Nru community, Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State, forcing the residents to seek shelter in neighbouring communities.
As at Wednesday when our correspondent visited Nru, some of the affected residents were seen taking shelter outside their damaged houses.
Also destroyed were the parish house belonging to the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church as well as administrative and classroom blocks of Government Technical College, Nsukka.
The councillor representing the community, Mr. Celestine Ogbu, said the incident was the first in the community and added that the indigenes were grateful to God that no life was lost.
He said, “We have not seen this kind of disaster before in this community. You can see that countless residential houses, including a church and a secondary school have been destroyed by the storm.
“However, we thank God that no death has been recorded so far. You know this happened at night. Considering the level of the disaster, it was a miracle that none of the victims died.
“Presently, the affected people are now taking refuge in houses of their friends and relations, while some are still sleeping or doing other domestic activities in their compounds.”
Ogbu called on the National Emergency Management Agency to come to the aid of the victims, adding that the damage was beyond the local government.
“So, on behalf of our community, I am appealing to the state Emergency Management Agency to collaborate with NEMA and assist the victims,” he stated.
Noting that the loss was not limited to houses, he said, “Land and economic trees were not left out. Some roads in the community have been blocked by big trees that were felled by the storm.”
Mrs. Eucharia Onyeke, a victim and widow with five children, said, “The roofs of block of five rooms were blown off by the rainstorm and right now I don’t know what would become of me and my children.”
Onyeke said she and her children were presently stranded and no one had come to assist them.
“We lost all our property and our house to the rain. I don’t know where my children and I will be sleeping, we have been sleeping and eating outside since then,” she said in tears.
Meanwhile, the storm completely removed the roof of the one-storey building housing the parish priest and other church’s workers.
The parish priest, Rev. Cyril Okpe, urged government and spirited individuals to assist the church.
“The damage is too much for the parishioners to bear alone. I plead with government and people of goodwill to come and help us,” the priest said.
However, the Secretary of Nsukka LGA has described the damage caused by the rainstorm as “very monumental,” adding that the council was making effort to bring relevant agencies to assist those affected by the disaster.
Source – Punch NG