Flood in central Nigeria claims at least 35 lives
At least 35 people have been killed and 200 homes destroyed in a flood triggered by heavy rains in Nigeria`s north central city of Jos.
Abuja: At least 35 people have been killed and 200 homes destroyed in a flood triggered by heavy rains in Nigeria`s north central city of Jos, authorities said on Monday.
The flooding occurred in Gangarre and Rikkos areas of the city when Lamingo river that runs through the area overflowed following overnight rainfall.
Red Cross said they have recovered 35 bodies.
The National Emergency Management Agency said it was still searching for more bodies as many people have been declared missing.
"Two camps have been opened to provide temporary shelter for the affected persons in Gangare Primary School and Islamiyya Secondary school," NEMA Director of Relief and Rehabilitation, Edward Maigida said.
Rainy season in Africa`s highest oil producer is often accompanied with floods due to poor drainage systems.
In the north, it affects those in rural areas the most while in urban areas like Lagos, in southern Nigeria, the victims are mostly slum dwellers.
Last year, over 20 lost their lives in Lagos flooding.