Floods in Nigeria

Nigeria has suffered severe flooding in 3 separate incidents in Plateau, Kebbii and Cross River states over the last few days. There have also been flood warnings, issued by SEMA for Bauchi, Gombe and Tabara states after heavy rainfall has been predicted in these regions.

On 6 September the National Emergency Management warned that 105 000 people in Bauchi, Gombe and Tabara states are in risk of displacement, in view of the heavy rainfall predicted for the following days.

Plateau State
On 9th September, heavy rainfall for around 4 hours, resulted in flash floods in Plateau State. The floods were widespread and struck in 5 different local government areas, including Kanam, Jos North, Barkin Ladi and Shendam.

As many as 300 houses have been reported as destroyed, as well as damage to livestock and crops. There are also reports that some of the people caught up in the floods are still missing.

Nigeria’s State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) are aware of the flooding but were unable to confirm the accuracy of the figures until they have assessed the situation.

Kebbi State
On 5th September nine villages in the Arewa Local Government Area of Kebbi State were flooded after heavy rainfall. The villages included Bachaka, Yeldu, Dukki, Chibiki, Falde, Kuka Bakwai, Kangiwa, Gumindai and Alwata. One person died in the floods, and 42 were injured. Over 100 houses were damaged or destroyed.

Flash floods hit parts of Kebbi state a few weeks ago, on 19th August. That time Birnin Kebbi, Suru, Augie, Mungadi and Maiyama local government areas suffered. 3 people died in the floods, 60 homes were damaged, leaving 200 or more people homeless.

Cross River State
Heavy rainfall lasting several hours on 4th September brought floods and landslides to Calabar in Cross River state in Nigeria. As many as 7 people were killed as a result. The flood waters were so strong that houses, trees and cars were washed away. Six of the deaths were a family who were in their home when an uprooted tree crashed onto their house.

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Source: All Africa; and also here