Flooding claims 8 lives in northern Nigeria



Flooding claims 8 lives in northern Nigeria Abuja: At least eight people were killed and and several others have gone missing in the flooding in northern Nigeria in the past 48 hours, the country's National Emergency Management Agency said on Tuesday.

National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) head of operation in the North West Aliyu Rafindadai said that in Katsina, four people died when flood that preceded heavy downpour inundated six local government areas namely, Kurfi, Safana, MaiAdua, Kusada, Kurfi and Bindawa.

"Farmlands and crops were also washed away in these local government areas following a torrential rainfall," he told PTI.

According to him, three people died in Safana local government area, while a middle aged woman died in Kurfi local government area.

Over 543 houses were also destroyed in several villages including Runka and Illela in Safana local government; Dadinkowa, Tsabawa and Shirgi in Batsari; Kurfi and Faduma villages in Kurfi local government.

"NEMA and state emergency committee have visited the areas affected by the flood to assess the level of the damage and we're working hard to provide relief materials to the affected victims," he said.

In Jigawa state, heavy downpour in Kiyawa Local Government Area of the state killed four persons, destroying houses and crops, he said, adding that in Kano the flood destroyed several houses at Gabasawa, Bichi, Gwale and Gwarzo local government areas as a result of the heavy rainfall that washed off several acres of farmlands.

Nigeria is witnessing rainy season which is accompanied by flooding and loss of lives.

Over the weekend, about 10 persons died and 20,000 were displaced when waters from a dam in Cameroon flooded some parts of Adamawa state also in northern Nigeria.

State Emergency Management Agency official Shadrach Daniel Baruk had said the flood was made more intense by heavy rainfall.

Nigeria has two seasons; dry and rainy.

Last July, torrential rain and flooding that hit Lagos led to more than 20 deaths even as 2000 persons were displaced.

Then, heavy downpour in the Island city of 15 million people triggered the overflow of canals with water which poured into residential areas and major roads.

Eleven of the dead were children who drowned in the ensuing flood as the victims could not distinguish between the roads and drainage channels.

PTI