Heavy downpour kills four in Bauchi

Four traders have reportedly lost their lives due to severe rainstorms accompanied by strong winds at the IBB Square in Bauchi state, which hosted the recently concluded North East Trade Fair.

Our correspondent gathered that the storm, which began last night, killed two people on the spot and caused significant damage to the Gombe and Yobe States pavilions, as well as several business tents within the trade fair complex.

Two other injured victims were said to have  later died  at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH).

Spokesman of the Bauchi Police Command, SP Ahmed Wakil, confirmed the incident in a statement made available to journalists on Sunday.

He identified those who lost their lives in the incident as Abdullahi Abubakar, 38, of Yakubu Wanka; Sadik Ahmed Alfa, 32, of Fadaman Mada; Malam Musa from Maliya Furnitures, Tudun Salmanu; and Abdulaziz Abdulrahman from Gombe State, while  one  Fatima Isa, 31, of Inkil, is currently receiving medical treatment and showing positive signs of recovery.

According to him, following the incident, emergency response teams, led by the police and other security agencies, swiftly initiated search and rescue operations.

“Tragically, five individuals were found under the fallen structures and were promptly taken to the hospital.

“However, one individual, Fatima Isa, is currently receiving medical treatment and showing positive signs of recovery.

” The authorities have taken the necessary steps, including depositing the deceased individuals at the mortuary, to address the aftermath of the storm”

“Efforts are underway to assess the extent of property damage caused by the storm. To ensure public safety, a police presence is being maintained at the square to prevent criminal activities in the wake of this unfortunate event.”  the statement reads

Nation reports that the Trade Fair was organized by the North East Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mine, and Agriculture and supported by the six states of the region.

Nigeria’s Vice-President, Kashim Shettima, inaugurated the 15th Edition of the Joint Domestic Trade Fair in Bauchi on May 18, 2024.

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