From Salisu Zakari Maradun, Gusau
Hundreds of people have been rendered homeless, while properties worth millions of naira were destroyed in Gusau capital of Zamfara following a heavy downpour.
Checks by The AUTHORITY in the state showed that the rain which lasted for four consecutive days has also smashed a number of roads and submerged culverts which made it impossible for the residents to save many of their effects.
It also revealed that some domestic animals which included donkeys, sheep, goats and other category were also affected by the destruction.
According to our findings, as a result of the calamity many affected people, particularly whose houses were destroyed, have resorted to packing their belongings to either their relatives or neighbours, while others could be seen going round the town seeking for assistance from the members of public and other well to do in the society aimed at repairing their already collapsed houses.
Coupled with poverty and hunger among the people, majority of the victims sold the remaining useful materials of their respective house to buy food items for them to survive.
Our reporter who went round the town observed that over seven areas were badly affected by the calamity, which included Sabon Fegi,Bbirnin Ruwa, Filin Gunza, Dogon Dabino, Sabon Gari, T/Wada and Hira da Kwadi.
Some of the affected residents who spoke to The AUTHORITY expressed their sadness over the situation describing it as the most unfortunate thing they have witnessed after three decades.
Alhaji Lawali Dan Guru, a resident of Dogon Dabino, whose house was among the collapsed ones in the area and who also lost over six animals, told our reporter that he and his entire family members were ruined.
“We are ruined and we do not have anything to rely upon, and we don’t have even food to eat,” he narrated with tears in his eyes.
He therefore called on the government of the state and other wealthy individuals to come to their aid and by providing them with what to eat and shelter.