Four schoolgirls died yesterday as heavy rains accompanied by thunderstorms and lightning pounded Gure, Baruten Local Government Area of Kwara State, Nigeria. Some other children, who were injured in the incident, have not regained consciousness. The downpour was between midnight and 1am. Scores of homes were destroyed. It was learnt that three of the children were of the same parents while the fourth was passing the night with them. A source said the storms tore the wall of the house. The schoolgirls’ bodies were said to have been buried according to Islamic rites. The storms also blew off roofs of several buildings in the community. The chairman of the local government, Mallam Mohammed Omar-Bio, confirmed the incident. He described it as devastating and pathetic. The council chairman condoled with the families of the victims. Omar-Bio said the local government would send a delegation to the bereaved community. He urged the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and other disaster management agencies to provide succour to the victims of the disaster. Omar-Bio spoke through the local government’s spokesperson, Mr Jubril Masene. He noted that with the development, the number of rain disaster victims in the area had surpassed 200.