No fewer than 327 houses have been destroyed by heavy windstorm in Nkarasi and Abinti communities in Ikom local government area of Cross River.
It was gathered that the windstorm rendered over 2,500 persons homeless.
Mr Godwin Tepikor, South South Zonal Coordinator of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), on Thursday led a team of officials from the agency alongside staff of the Cross River State Emergency Management Agency on the assessment tour of the affected areas.
Youth leader of Nkarasi community, Mr Pius Ayum, who conducted the team round the affected houses, said that the windstorm occured on the night of March 3, 2022 with a violent wind that preceded a heavy downpour
Ayum said that the windstorm destroyed houses and economic trees in the area rendering inhabitants of the area homeless.
He said :”The disaster has caused untold hardship on the victims as many are now homeless and you know the rainy season is just commencing which means things might get worse.
“We are hereby calling on NEMA, SEMA and other relevant agencies to come to their aid as soon as possible, the suffering is much ,” he said .
Similarly, in Abinti community, the team was led round the area by a traditional ruler, Mr Akeng Nelson.
While conducting the team on the assessment tour, Nelson said that most households have relocated from their ancestral homes due to the destruction that left most houses licking from the roof.
He also appealed to the relevant agencies to assist them with building materials in a bid to alleviate thier sufferings.