Nigeria – Deadly Floods in Bauchi State

Heavy rainfall in northeast Nigeria triggered severe flooding in parts of Bauchi state on 10 August 2021.

According to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) citing local officials, hours of heavy rain caused a river to break its banks near the town of Jama’are, resulting in destructive floods. Five people lost their lives and over 1,500 houses and farms were damaged as a result.

Parts of Nigeria have seen heavy rain since early July, with flooding reported in Taraba State, Yobe State, the city of Lagos and surrounding areas of Ogun State, Borno State and Osun State.

Around 300 homes were damaged by floods in Jalingo, the Taraba state capital, after heavy rain from 09 July 2021. Media reported 4,000 people displaced.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) reported over 100 homes destroyed by flooding in Gashua town, Bade LGA, Yobe State, after flash floods 12 to 13 July 2021.

Heavy rainfall in various parts of Lagos and Ogun State resulted in flooding on 16 July 2021. Media reported roads flooded and images on Social Media showed flood water around 50 cm deep.

On 21 July, flash flooding from heavy rainfall destroyed dozens of homes in Jakusko town, 140 km north-west of Damaturu, the Yobe State capital. At least 200 residents were directly affected. Property, valuables and vital supplies such as foodstuffs were washed away and crops damaged.

Floods on 27 July resulting from heavy rains damaged over 800 shelters for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Monguno local government area in Borno State.

Media reported floods struck in Osogbo, the state capital of Osun, on 03 August 2021, damaging property and livelihoods. Flash floods struck after a downpour lasting around 3 hours.