About 178 houses have been submerged by flood in Kaduna State following several days of rain in the state. The areas maily affected include, Abubakar Kigo Road, Rafin Guza, Nasarawa, Bashan Road, Tudun Wada and Ungwan Rimi GRA, which are close to the River Kaduna.
Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, confirmed the flooding, saying that the places affected were flood flash point areas.
Executive Secretary of SEMA, Ishaku Dogo Makam said: “After our assessment of these areas with the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, and the Red Cross, we confirmed that 178 homes were submerged. We have not heard of any reported death or injury. “We are writing a report to government, so we can be helped to set up camp for affected people.
“We are still appealing to people living in flood-prone areas to please leave, as the danger of flooding is not yet over.” The state government had warned about the flooding on August 7, 2012 and directed people residing in the flood prone areas to relocate to other communities lying outside the the plains of the river.
A journalist with The Road newspaper, Amina Anebi who resides at Kigo Road said, “I was woken this morning by a roaring sound.
“When I woke up, I heard the sound of water flowing in from my doors and windows, so I jumped down from bed. By this time the water had risen close to my ankles. I started to move my things on top of my table. I took some on my head but when I opened the door, more water flowed in. I however waded through it and ran out.
“This was around 2am. Everywhere had been flooded. As I speak now, my things are still there. I saw people moving out their belongings in vehicles; some carrying children on their arms in the mid night. It came as a surprise to many of us.”