Rainstorm Leaves One Dead, Many Injured In Benue

Some homes and churches in Mbayongo Ward of Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State have collapsed, killing one woman while many others sustained injuries.

Commenting on the incident that also destroyed alot of properties worth millions of Naira, House of Assembly Member representing Katsina-Ala East State Constituency (where the incident occurred), Jonathan Agbidyeh, said, “The death toll would have been more, if not for God’s intervention.”

According to the House Members’ media aide, Festus Aoraan, the collapse of the building was caused by a torrential downpour, accompanied by strong winds.

“The residents were lamenting the incident during our visit to the place. The entire community wore a mournful face,” Aoraan said.

The churches destroyed are: St. Mark’s Catholic Church Bagu, NKST Church Tse-De, Living Faith Church Bagu and Healing Nation Church Bagu.

In addition to the churches, Bagu Community Nursery and Primary School and many residential buildings in the area were also destroyed, displacing dozens of residents.

The deceased, Comfort Msughshima Solomon and her co-worshipers were carrying out their routine religious activities at St Mark’s Catholic Church when the walls and roof of the church suddenly pulled down, and she died died immediately.

“One soul was lost, while some were lucky to be rescued. Those injured were rushed to the Local Government Health Clinic in Gbise, where they are being treated,” Agbidyeh said in a statement yesterday, after his visit to the scene of the incident.

Parts of his statement read: “On Tuesday evening, there was a tragic and sad incident at Tse-De, Gbishe, Mbayongo in Katsina-Ala which led to the collapse of many structures including churches, schools and personal homes. The affected area is in my Constituency.

“Yesterday, I and my team officially visited the destroyed areas. We sought briefs on the cause of the sad incident, and we were told the structures collapsed due to heavy winds. As a representative of the people, I am calling on the State Government, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), the Caretaker Chairman of Katsina-Ala Local Government Council, other relevant authorities and individuals or groups to assist the affected community.

“It is sad and worrisome that this has happened at the time the entire world is locked down because of the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, also known as Covid-19.

“My condolences are with the family of the deceased. My deep sympathy goes to all those who were either injured or lost properties to the disaster,” Agbidyeh said.

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