A heavy windstorm in Taraba state has caused havoc at the orientation camp of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) leaving a total of 33 Batch A 2019 corps members hospitalized following the incident which destroyed buildings and other valuables on Saturday, April 13th at the camp in Sibre, on the outskirt of Jalingo, the state capital of Taraba state.
The heavy windstorm which began in Saturday evening disturbed the corps members at the area who were out celebrating a cultural festival in preparation for their passing out parade made for Tuesday, April 16th, having completed their three weeks orientation course.
In addition, the tragic disaster also left the screen of the corps ambulance shattered, as well as blowing off several roofing sheets of both male and female dormitory, and left them at the mercy of rain.
The Taraba State NYSC Coordinator identified as Florence Yaakugh, confirmed the incident to news sources at the area stated that no life was lost.
“We were all here as camp officials and corps members having the cultural festival on Saturday when the windstorm all of a sudden started. The storm was so strong that visibility was so poor for both the corps members who were on parade and the camp officials.
While scampering for safety because of the fierceness of the storm, some corps members who had some health challenges like asthma, chest congestion, and the likes were choked and hospitalised. About 33 of them were moved to the clinic of the camp, of which nine were referred to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Jalingo because of their condition.”
Florence also informed sources that the 24 corps members admitted in the camp’s clinic had been discharged and five of those taken to FMC Jalingo had been discharged as well