At least 12 persons have been killed by flood in Ganjuwa and Giade local government areas of Bauchi State, an official has said.
The deputy director, Needs Assessment of the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Musa Ladan, disclosed this on Tuesday in an interview with journalist in Bauchi.
He said four people were killed in Galamakira and Galam Baba communities in Miya District area of Ganjuwa local government, while eight persons also lost their lives as a result of flood in Gulbuk community in Giade local government area of the state.
“The flood killed four children who went out in the rain to wash their bodies. Unfortunately for them on their way home, they stepped on a culvert which caved in and the flood took them away,” Mr. Musa said.
Mr. Ladan said people in the community were able to immediately recover the body one of the children. Two more bodies were recovered the following day, he said.
He said the fourth victim who lost his life in the flood was a 65-year-old farmer called Alhaji Danladi whose house collapsed due to the magnitude of the wind that accompanied the flood.
The permanent secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Aliyu Ahmad, said that SEMA team in the state had visited the affected communities to commiserate with the affected victims’ families, and to assess the level of damage wrecked by the flood.
Meanwhile, the village heads of Galamakira and Galam Baba, Saleh Adamu and Ahmed Iliyasu, called on the state government to construct more primary health care centres in the communities in order to offer prompt medical services to the people during cases of emergencies.