- Some residents of Zamfara state have expressed worries over heavy rainfall that destroyed their property
- Those from the affected areas who were rescued from the rampaging flood took shelter in their neighbourhood
- A Red Cross Society official in the state said they were able to rescue some of the victims by using canoes to ferry them
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Hundreds of houses and farmlands have been destroyed as a result of heavy rainfall that lasted for more than 10 hours in several parts of the Zurmi local government area of Zamfara state on Monday, August 3.
Legit.ng's regional reporter in Zamfara, Lawal Tsalha, reports that at the end of the downpour, some residents of the affected areas who were rescued from the rampaging flood took shelter in their neighbourhood.
The report said that areas most affected were the Gidan Bugaje Bakin Korama, Gaba Wuri, Gangaren Bakin Gidan Zaki, and Katanga, adding that in some of the affected areas, houses and foodstuffs were seen submerging in the flood.
An official of the Red Cross Society in the state, Malam Ibrahim Bello Garba, said they were able to rescue some victims of the flood by using canoes to ferry them.
“Currently, there is no record of death as a result of the flood,” the Red Cross representative narrated.
A resident of one of the affected areas, Mallam Bello Muhammad, said many people, including the Emir of Zurmi Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, have contributed immensely to the success of the rescue mission in the affected areas.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) alerted the state government to begin evacuation of residents.
It was reported that the NIHSA had forecast heavy rain from September to October, adding that the flood could lead to the loss of properties and even lives if nothing drastic is done on time.
Clement Nze, the director-general of the agency revealed that out of about 774 local government areas in the country, 377 will be affected by the coming disaster.
Nze added that all local government areas in Lagos will be affected, except Epe. He went on to say that many parts of Ogun will be hit by the flood.
Other states in the country to suffer the flood are Ekiti, Kwara, Abia, Adamawa, Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Cross River, Ebonyi, Enugu, Gombe, Imo, Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau, Sokoto, Yobe and Zamfara.
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