Nigeria – 7 Dead After Heavy Rainfall in Niger State

At least 7 people have died in flash flooding and heavy rainfall in Niger state in central Nigeria.

Local media reported torrential rainfall lasting several hours late on 24 July caused flooding and damage in Rafin Sanyi area of Suleja Local Government Area.

Rain and flooding downed trees and power lines, causing electricity outages. According to a local government spokesperson, several houses collapsed in the area, trapping people in their homes. As of 25 July, 7 bodies had been recovered but more are feared missing. Rescue and recovery teams have been dispatched in the area in the search for survivors.

Update: Fatalities were also reported in Gwagwalada in Federal Capital Territory (Abuja) on 25 July after heavy rain caused a building to collapse.