A top government source has just informed SaharaReporters that at least 11 persons died two days ago in a flood that swept through Gashua, Yobe State. Our source said the flood “drowned some parts of Gashua town,” leaving hundreds of residents homeless. The flooding was caused by a heavy downpour that occurred in the area.
Our source added that nearly 200 houses were destroyed. He stated that property damage had not been estimated, but suggested that it would be substantial.
Our correspondent learnt that the torrential rainfall had also caused flooding problems in other parts of Yobe as well as in Bauchi and Jigawa states.
The traditional ruler of Gashua, Abubakar Umar Suleiman, disclosed that his aides were advising residents to refrain from discarding their garbage in drainages. In addition, he stressed the need for residents to keep their environment clean in order to reduce the severe effects of flooding after heavy downpours.
Abdullahi Bego, a spokesman for Governor Ibrahim Geidam, said the government had set up a committee on the flood. He said he was in no position yet to say the exact number of casualties, adding that the committee would soon submit its findings to the government.