Bauchi Windstorm Disaster: Buhari Dispatches Delegation For Assessment

President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari

The Federal Government has dispatched a delegation to Bauchi State to assess the level of havoc caused by the recent windstorm which destroyed an estimated 1,505 houses mainly in the state capital.

Eight persons were confirmed dead while 120 others reportedly sustained various degrees of injury as a result the storm.

Azare, another major town in the state was struck by a major fire disaster that destroyed the market few days after the windstorm disaster.

A statement by Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Tuesday stated that President Muhammadu Buhari has directed Mallam Adamu Adamu, the Minister of Education, to lead the delegation.

The delegation which also includes the Director General of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Engineer Mustapha Yunusa Maihaja will undertake an assessment of the extent of damage occasioned by the natural disaster.

According to the statement, “Already, NEMA has started mobilising relief items from its warehouses located in Damaturu and Yola for onward distribution to those displaced by the windstorm. The aid materials are expected to reach Bauchi Tuesday (yesterday) evening while assessment is being conducted on the fire incident in Azare.”

President had in an earlier message on Monday, extended his deepest sympathies to the victims and families of devastating windstorm and the fire incidents.

Buhari said that the “nation stands in solidarity with their fellow countrymen in this difficult time as they face the devastation with courage and fortitude.”