Scores Of Nigerians Killed, Injured And Missing As Flood Ravages Communities In Suleja
Barely a day after flooding left many Nigerians trapped in their homes in parts of Lagos State, tragedy struck in Suleja, Niger State as no less than eighteen people lost their lives to the prevailing water body with many others injured.
NAN had quoted the chairman of Suleja Local Government, Abdullahi Maje, as saying that only two people died and at least 10 are missing after floods swept across parts of Suleja, near Abuja.
However, Sahara Reporters said the eighteen persons were feared dead in the flood that ravaged four communities after a heavy downpour that started in the early hours of Sunday.
The affected villages include Hi, Bakin-Iku, and Chachania.
It is understood that several houses were affected – while eight houses were completely washed away after 10 hours of heavy rainfall, many families were affected with household effects floating in the water.
As at the time of filing this report, many residents of the communities are said to still be counting their losses and the devastation suffered from the unfortunate incident.
Speaking on the development, Mohammed Mohammed, the District Police Officer in-charge of Division ‘A’ Police station in Suleja, could not confirm the casualty figure but said his men had visited the flood scenes.
VIDEO: Local divers engage in rescue of Suleja residents caught in wild flooding that’s killed 20 persons today pic.twitter.com/a3kZ6l5jmE
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“The flood affected many people who built their houses along the river bank; many houses have been destroyed with unconfirmed number of deaths recorded.
“Police are providing security around the scene so that hoodlums will not cart away victims’ property especially those lying outside,” he said.
Although, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) had predicted extended rains this year, but the unfolding effect is way beyond the comprehension of many.