By Jonathan Ugbal
Hundreds of people have been rendered homeless in Bayasung community of Bansang East of Obanliku local government area following a windstorm.
The windstorm which occurred between Thursday night and Friday morning last week left about 52 houses destroyed.
A resident, Mr. Julius Basake told CrossRiverWatch that the incident has left over 250 people homeless and described it as a hot wind.
“It was a very heavy wind and hot. The wind was very very warm and it blew off (the roof) of so many houses,” Basake said.
“We had about 52 houses affected,” he continued and said that the residents have begun rebuilding without government help days after while others take refuge in the government school.
“Some of them are taking refuge in the school. But, I am talking small because I am just coming back from there now and as at this morning some of them (displaced people) have begun returning to their relatives houses,” he said.
CrossRiverWatch gathered that the residents had contacted the State Emergency Management Agency since Friday and nothing has been heard from them since.
Also, a native, Mr. Andrew Mark had drawn the attention of CrossRiverWatch, Cross River Governor, Senator Ben Ayade and the emergency management agency to the plight of the people in a tweet two days ago.
Wind disaster has raids villages BAYASUNG COMMUNITY IN BASANG EAST OBANLIKU LGA CRS. Almost seventy five houses are affected. People are displaced and are presently taking refuge in the primary school. They need HELP#SOS@nemanigeria @ben_ayade @crossriverstate @crossriverwatch pic.twitter.com/adwhT6W9BU
— Andy Mark (@ejimiyo) May 26, 2018
CrossRiverWatch has reached the Cross River SEMA for comments.
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