By Jonathan Ugbal
Residents in some locations in Obudu local government of Cross River State are currently homeless or been sheltered by friendly neighbors and relatives as rainstorm blew off the roofs of their buildings.
The rainstorm which preceded heavy downpour started around 7:12pm penultimate Sunday evening ripping off roofs of buildings and other objects which stood in its way from St. Patrick’s primary school, Ogoja road to some sections of Port Harcourt street and market road in what Emmanuel Iyaka whose neighbor’s house was affected described as “a whirlwind travelling in a linear route as the buildings affected were in the same line though different streets”.
Power lines around the affected buildings were brought down after been hit by roofs ripped off by the rainstorm with some buildings such as the Christ Holy Church International at market road and St. Patrick’s in Ogoja road totally blown off with the wreckage blocking the roads.
In a related development, houses in Amukwong, Ngorkpu and Araru villages of Ukpe ward in Obudu local government area had their roofs blown off by a windstorm on Saturday April 25, 2015.
When CrossRiverWatch visited some of the scenes, reconstruction was ongoing in a few with the Secretary of Council, Obi Ogboaka remarking that “Most of these people are too poor to rebuild, they are only hoping help comes from somewhere and soon”.
As at press time CrossRiverWatch gathered there was no reported casualty with roofing ongoing in some buildings in the main town.
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