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BREAKING NEWS: 100-year-old trees fall on traders in Edo, kill 4

Three trees inside Jattu Market in Etsako West local government area of Edo state simultaneously fell on people taking cover under them and others in their shops, killing four on the spot...READ THE FULL STORY HERE▶

Unspecified number of persons were also said to have been injured in the tragedy.

Some traders and buyers were reported to have taken cover under the trees following rainfall at about 8am and 8:30am when the incident occurred.

Blueprint gathered that the windstorm which accompanied the rain uprooted the over 100-year trees.

A source in the area, who identified himself as Sule said: “The trees wrecked havoc in the community. Four persons died and they have been taken to the mortuary, while those who sustained injuries have also been taken to the hospital for treatment.”

The chairman, Etsako West local government council, Mr. Marvellous Zibiri, confirmed the death of four persons and described the incident as tragic.

Zibiri said: “The market is the largest in Edo North, attended by traders from within and outside Edo state. The casualties would have been much if not for the rain that prevented traders and other persons from coming very early.

“These are over 100- year- old trees, but the wind uprooted them simultaneously,” he said.

The council boss advised people to stay indoors during rainfall, and sympathised with the families of those who lost their lives and others who sustained injuries.

He added that the council will repair the destroyed structures and cut down all trees in the market.

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