Family of eight feared dead as flood ravages Suleja

Suleja flood
Suleja flood

A flood which followed many hours of downpour displaced many homes and caused deaths in Suleja, Niger State, on Sunday, witnesses said.

Witnesses said eight members of a household were suspected to have died in the flood which affected Suleja and Tafa local government areas of Niger.

The head of the household was said to have survived but his two wives and six children were not lucky.

The New Agency of Nigeria reports that many families were affected with household effects floating in the water.

Many people struggled to bale water out of their houses.

Mohammed Mohammed, the District Police Officer in-charge of Division ‘A’ Police station in Suleja, could not confirm the casualty figure but said his men had visited the flood scenes.

“The flood affected many people who built their houses along the river bank; many houses have been destroyed with unconfirmed number of deaths recorded.

“Police are providing security around the scene so that hoodlums will not cart away victims’ property especially those lying outside,” he said.

He promised to furnish more details on the incident.

The National Emergency Management Agency was not also able to give details.

Meanwhile, Abdulkareem Samanja, the Village Head of Hayin Nasarawa-Iku in the nearby Tafa Local Government Area decried the loss of property.

He said he was still awaiting report from ward heads on the incident.

At Suleja General Hospital, Musliu Mohammed, a 17-year-old boy, recovered from the flood and brought into the hospital by sympathisers, was placed on admission

(NAN)


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  • Chuks Anazodo

    Our emergency services are functioning poorly, it took NEMA 4hrs to arrive at the scene and when they did dey only came with an ambulance, no other equipment to help rescue those that were trapped. More than 8 lives were lost today. May their souls Rest in Peace. Amen.

  • 0tile

    When deluge of this nature ravaged New Orleans Louisiana gwamentin jihar Amuruka rescued the people,gave them food and medicine. But in one Nigeria the government takes care of rich politicians while God takes care of the poor. Osibande were are you? Make your mark now, impress the people and give them reason to allow you to lead them, not just to make yourself great with their wealth.