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Flood Take Life in Suleja

Posted: 09 July, 2017 at 08:33 pm

Following the heavy downpour and flood that started in the early hours of Sunday and overtake the area of Suleja,Niger State about ten residents were afraid of death.

According to report on Sunday, the rainfall which almost affected all the community at Suleja ended at 9:30 a.m. and some building and properties were destroyed.

But due to the heavy rainfall which result to flood take the life of some residents while some sustained injuries.

The flood takeover the area and drags some vehicles and cars to another destinations.

Bakin-Iku, Sani Gamko a resident in the area said:“Many houses were affected by the flood. Some completely collapsed while only parts of some buildings collapsed.

“I know of nine persons who were carried away by the flood and likely dead in Bakin-Iku community alone.

“The local government chairman and some NEMA officials have already visited the community to carry out on the spot assessment,” he said

A nurse disclosed that some dead bodies and two injured patients were taken to their hospital in the area

A Search and Rescue Officer of NEMA, Egrigba Micheal, who spoke to The Nation, said that the agency was able to rescue a victim who has been rushed to the Suleja General Hospital.

He said: “We got a call from our zonal coordinator, Mohammed Idris that there was a flood in Suleja. So we quickly moved to Suleja. We have seen a lot of devastation the rain has caused. Many of the houses were submerged while some were completely rooted out. Many properties worth millions of naira were also destroyed.

“There was one house that had eight people completely dead although we didn't see their corpse.

“In a family of eight, only one person was rescued dead. But the other seven are still missing.

“We will go back to write our report and submit to our boss. Certainly tomorrow they will come back and do another assessment before there can be any relief. The rain was really devastating,” he said.

Also speaking to The Nation, the Chairman of Suleja Local Government Area, Abdullahi Maje, said that about 10 persons have been declared missing since the flood took place.

He said: “The flood I think started around 12 midnight till this morning and affected more than 100 houses around Suleja local Government Area apart from Tafa local Government Area.

“There are about 10 missing persons within Suleja that the flood took away. Three bodies have been found, we are still searching for the remaining persons dead or alive.

“We have made a call to the Federal government through NEMA. They responded quickly and came to Suleja and also the State management agency came in from Minna this morning,” he said.

Stressing that the rainfall was an act of God, he promised that everything will be done to forestall future damages to lives and properties

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