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Flood hits Katsina state, kills 25 persons, destroys 90 houses

Flood hits Katsina state, kills 25 persons, destroys 90 houses

- Ten communities of Jibia local government area of Katsina state has been ravaged by flood on Monday, July 16

- No fewer than 25 persons were reportedly killed while 90 houses were destroyed

- The flood destroyed properties worth millions of naira and several people were declared missing

As flood wreaked havoc in 10 communities of Jibia local government area of Katsina state on Monday morning, July 16, no fewer than 25 persons were reportedly killed while 90 houses were destroyed.

Several people were declared missing, properties worth millions of naira were destroyed and over 260 livestock confirmed dead. The downpour was said to have started around 11pm on Sunday, July 15, and stopped by 1am on Monday, July 16, This Day reports.

Legit.ng gathers that some of the communities badly affected by the flood are Kwata, Dantudu, Sabuwar, Tukare, Tsohuwar Tukare, Ungwar Mai Kwari.

An eyewitness said that a food vendor and her two children were among the 25 person killed by the flood. The food vendor's container shop was swept away by the flood around Sabuwar Mosque area of Jibia.

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According to an eyewitness, the food vendor, Halima Zubairu Jibia, and her two sons were hiding inside the container when the downpour started and were later trapped in the shop.

The development was confirmed by the district head of Jibia, Alhaji Rabe Rabi’u.

He said: “As I speak to you, we have discovered the corpse of 25 persons including mothers and children and many are missing. Over 260 cows, sheep and goats were killed by the flood. The heavy rainfall started around 11 pm on Sunday night and stopped by 1am Monday. It is only government that can assist us because the situation is beyond our financial strengths.”

According to the information officer in charge of the local government, Sa’ad Suleiman, the situation was aggravated by those building structures on water channels and dumping of refuse in drains.

The executive secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Dr Aminu Waziri, said that officials were on ground to ascertain the casualties and houses affected by the flood.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) warned that many parts of the country were likely to experience flooding due to a shift in rainfall pattern caused by climate change.

The director-general of NiMet, Professor Sani Mashi, gave the warning at the weekend in the Federal Capital Territory.

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