Sixteen persons were confirmed dead in Gangare and other communities in the Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau when River Rikkos over flew its banks after a heavy downpour on Sunday night.
"So far, we have recovered 16 corpses but many others are still missing,” the Publicity Secretary of Jama’atul-Nasril- Islam, Alhaji Faruk Umar, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos on Monday.
"Already, we have just buried 14 corpses while two bodies have just been discovered. But we are also still searching for more bodies because many people are still missing."
"More than 200 houses were washed away following the flooding of Rikkos River,’’ he said, listing the worst-hit areas as Gangare and Ungwan-Rogo.
Umar blamed what he described as the ‘colossal damage’ on the practice of building houses on waterways and blocking of drainage, calling for a massive drainage evacuation to allow free flow of water.
An official of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr Kazeem Olanrewaju, told NAN that NEMA officials were already taking stock at the scene.
"NEMA has evacuated some of the displaced persons from Dilimi, Ungwan-Rogo and Gangare to a nearby school and we are battling to see how much assistance we can render for now."
"The figures of those affected is rather much and we expect the situation to be tougher with the Ramadan season but we shall do our best to help them,’’ he said.