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Flood devastates Plateau communities, over 100 houses affected

Flood devastates Plateau communities, over 100 houses affected

Heavy rain on Saturday and Sunday caused floodings that destroyed about 100 households in Anguwan Rogo, Rikkos, Bauchi Road and Naraguta communities in Jos North LGA of Plateau State.

Tanko Yakubu Alhassan, a resident of Bauchi Road, told newsmen that, “The flood didn’t claim lives, but because it was huge, it displaced over 150 households. The displaced persons are currently staying with neighbours or friends and relatives.”

Salamatu Aliyu, a victim, said, “We never expected it. The heavy rain has destroyed my house and that of my neighbours, as well as several other homes in Anguwan Rogo. We are calling on the government and other spirited individuals to come to our rescue.”

Earlier warnings

Already, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet)  predicted heavy rainfalls in over 20 Nigerian states.

This was according to the impact-based weather forecast obtained by released by the agency.

The report said during the forecast period, 24-hour heavy rainfall is likely with low to moderate rainfall, flash flooding, riverine flooding, soil erosion, strong winds, thunder and lightning.

This is expected to increase fears of flooding in many parts of the country as the rainy season peaks.

NiMet further stated that moderate to heavy rainfall is expected on Saturday over parts of Rivers, Delta, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Yobe, Benue, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Zamfara and Sokoto State.

Furthermore, it said there are prospects of “Low to Moderate Rainfall” over Borno, Bauchi, Kaduna, Niger on Saturday.

“Elsewhere there is little or no risk of hydrometeorological hazard,” the report added.

The report advised the disaster response management authorities to raise awareness among the people and update flood contingency plans.

Below are the states listed for heavy rainfall:

Sokoto

Zamfara

Katsina

Kano

Bauchi

Kaduna

Plateau

Oyo

Kogi

Nasarawa

Benue

Adamawa

Taraba

Cross River

Imo

Ondo

Edo

Delta

Bayelsa

Rivers

 

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Faruk Khalil
Faruk Khalilhttps://nigeriansketch.com/
Khalil Faruk (Deputy Editor-in-Chief), has a Bachelors and Master's degree in Political Science and has worked as a reporter, features editor and Deputy Editor-in-Chief respectively in a leading Nigerian daily. He has undergone trainings in journalism, photo journalism and online journalism within and outside Nigeria.

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