10 Feared Dead in Suleja Flood

At least ten (10) persons are already feared dead in Suleja, in Niger State after a heavy rainfall, which resulted in the deaths, reportedly lasted till about 9:30am on Sunday morning.

According to reports, there is hardly any community in Suleja that was not affected by the adverse effects of the rain.

But, worst-hit areas included Kaduna road through, Bakin-Iku, Chanchania and Yaro College area, Kantoma area, Kuspa, Angwa Gwari, and Angwa Juma.

Chairman of Suleja Local Government Area, Abdullahi Maje, confirmed that about 10 persons are missing

He said: “The flood, I think, started around 12 midnight till this morning (Sunday) 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 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 (Sunday),” he said.

The flood, which followed many hours of downpour, yesterday, also sacked many homes in Suleja, witnesses have said. Witnesses said eight members of a household were suspected to have died in the flood which affected Suleja and Tafa local governments.

The head of the household was said to have survived the flood but his two wives and six children were reportedly not lucky. They died.

Many families were affected with household effects floating in the water.

Many people struggled to bale water out of their houses, it was learnt.

District Police Officer in-charge of Division ‘A’ Police station in Suleja, Mohammed Mohammed,  could not confirm the casualty figure but said his men visited the flood scenes.

“The flood affected many people who built their houses along the river bank; many houses have been destroyed with unconfirmed number of deaths recorded. Police are providing security around the scene so that hoodlums will not cart away victims’ property especially those lying outside,” he said.

Meanwhile, Village Head of Hayin Nasarawa-Iku, in nearby Tafa Local Government Area, Mallam Abdulkareem Samanja, decried loss of property.

Samanja said he awaits reports from ward heads on the incident.

At Suleja General Hospital, Musliu Mohammed, a 17 year-old boy, recovered from the flood and brought into the hospital by sympathisers, was placed on admission.

A Search and Rescue Officer of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Egrigba Micheal said: “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 (today), they will come back and do another assessment before there can be any relief. The rain was really devastating,” he said.




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