Flooding caused by heavy rains in the city of Jos has killed at least 28 people, with many others still missing, while also destroying homes, bridges and farmland, officials said Tuesday.
“I have counted 28 bodies and many people are still missing after the flood,” said Kemi Nshe, local government chairman for the Shendam district in central Nigeria’s Plateau state.
He said some 1,500 people were displaced from the rains, the worst of which occurred Sunday.
A Red Cross official in the area said relief workers were having difficulties accessing flooded areas, which he said included around five communities. He said heavy rain began Saturday night and continued into Sunday.
“Flooding has affected close to five (districts), and a lot of bridges have been broken, a lot of people have lost their houses,” said Manasseh Panpe.
He said a Red Cross team was able to visit one displaced camp so far where more than 200 people had relocated to.
“They need blankets,” said Panpe. “They need food, water.”
Last month in another area of Plateau state, heavy rainfall forced a dam to overflow, causing flooding that left at least 35 people dead and destroyed or damaged some 200 homes.