No fewer than seven persons have been killed in Rafin Sanyi area of Suleja Local Government Area of Niger, following torrential rain that started at about 9:30 p.m. on Friday night and lasted several hours.
Alhaji Abdullahi Maje, Chairman of Suleja Local Government, disclosed this to newsmen on Saturday in an interview in Minna.
Torrential rain refers to the heavy downpour of rain
Maje 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,” Maja stated.
A resident of Rafin Sanyi, Alhaji Bashiru Musa, told stated 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.