About 13 people, mostly children and aged women, have been confirmed dead, while several others were injured in a flood that wrecked havoc in various areas of Katsina State, Nigeria, last week.
Three people, including two women sustained fractures, while others sustained various degrees of injuries as a result of the disaster. Some of the deceased drowned in a big drain passing through the various communities in the state while others were killed by collapsed buildings.
Alhaji Danjuma Abdullahi Alti, the Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Works and Housing, said all the injured people have received free treatment at Government owned hospitals.
According to an eye witness, one of the deceased, Abdullahi Shitu, a ninth grade (JSS 3) student of Government College, Katsina, fell into a gutter while trying to rescue a woman who was shouting for help to rescue her two children.
Two people were pushed by water to another neighborhood called Tudun-Katsira where their corpses were found a day after the disaster.
Report says more than 350 houses were affected by the flood, while 120 houses completely collapsed and properties worth millions of Naira were destroyed.
Some of these damages would have been avoided if the area had been well planned and managed by residents. Neighborhoods such as Yan-Taba, Masanawa, Gafai, Kofar-Yan Daka, and Kofar-Marusa lacked good roads and drainage. It has been observed that most of the structures affected were constructed on waterways. Also where drainage exists, they were blocked by garbage as the communities are in the habit of dumping their wastes inside the drainage.