28 Killed, Many Missing, Properties Destroyed In Fresh Plateau Flooding

Plateau state flooding. Photo: Sunnews

Plateau state flooding. Photo credit: Sunnews

Flooding caused by heavy rains in Plateau state 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.

Report says it rained from Saturday evening until Sunday morning causing the rivers to overflow their banks.

Other local government area, which were also flooded, included Mikang and Qua‘pan.

He said some 1,500 people were displaced by 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.

The disaster was worsened by the swampy terrain.

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.

Much of Africa’s most populous nation has been affected by heavy seasonal rainfall, and officials have warned more flooding is likely to occur in a number of areas in the coming days.

The rainy season typically runs from March to September.

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