Flooding kills 4 in Jigawa

A woman with a baby strapped on her back has been found dead after Wednesday’s heavy rains.

A heavy downpour on Wednesday in the Kiyawa Local Government Area of Jigawa has killed four persons, destroying houses and farms.

The Nigeria Metrological Agency had listed Jigawa among states in the country that would be affected by flooding this year.

Basiru Maje, the Vice-Chairman of the Local Government, said on Thursday in Dutse that no fewer than 10 villages were affected by the flooding.

Mr. Maje said that two persons, one Kabiru in Adede Village and Ibrahim Sani of Dangoli Village were killed by the flooding which also destroyed about 1, 500 hectares of farmland.

“Apart from the people that died, farmlands, houses and animals were destroyed,” he said.

Similarly, Hakilu Idi, a resident of Dangoli Village said that apart from the two dead men, unidentified corpses of a woman with a baby on her back, were also found in the village.

Mr. Idi said that the raging water over-flowed the bridge on Kafingana River and submerged farmlands, explaining that one of the dead men in Adede Village was on his farm when the flooding occurred.

Mr. Maje said that a committee had been set up by the council to evaluate the extent of damage in the affected areas.

He said that the council had made arrangements to distribute relief materials to the flood victims, calling on the state and Federal Government to intervene to prevent further occurrences.

The newly-constructed Kiyawa-Birninkudu highway was also damaged by the flooding.


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