First Rain Of The Year In Port Harcourt Kills Three, Destroy Homes

According to report, the first rain of the year In port Harcourt killed three residents, destroy homes, telecommunication mast and other valuable things in the state.

The downpour, accompanied by a heavy thunder storm, also destroyed seven telecommunications masts and 25 advertising boards in numbers.

It was the Garden City’s first rainfall in the year.

Some of the telecoms masts and advertising boards fell on homes, destroying goods and property estimated at millions of naira.

At Nkpolu School in Port Harcourt City Local Government, a telecoms mast fell on a 16-year-old boy, who was reportedly hawking pure water for his mother.

He was said to have died instantly.

Two other persons, according to The Nation, were seriously injured when advertising billboards fell on their homes. The victims were rushed to hospital but did not make it. 

One of the victims, Mr. Ifeanyi Uba, whose shop and goods were destroyed when an advertising billboard fell on it, said two of his workers were injured and almost trapped.

He said: “I’m hoping that the government will come to our aid. Though I thank God that my workers didn’t die, because when the advertising billboard fell on the roof, it brought down the building. But we were able to bring them out.

“The rain was violent. It pulled down the advertising structures. This billboard has been here for more than 10 years. I am not asking for compensation but they should rebuild the shop because it will cost me more than N3 million to rebuild and I don’t have that kind of money.”

Mrs. Marry Ordu lost her three–year-old daughter to a telecoms mast. In tears, she urged the owner of the mast to revive her daughter.

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