Thousands of homes destroyed, 50 people killed after torrential rains hit Nigeria

jigawa nigeria flood august 2022

Thousands of homes have been destroyed and at least 50 people killed in Nigeria’s Jigawa state due to floods caused by nearly continuous heavy rains since late July.

Due to a lack of drainage infrastructure and overflowing water bodies in certain locations, images circulating on social media showed wide stretches of land entirely drowned.

In a statement released on Saturday, Nigeria’s minister of humanitarian affairs and disaster management, Sadiya Umar Farouq, said that devastating floods in Jigawa had become a “perennial” issue.

“This incident is particularly sad because it has become perennial. This is causing serious damage to schools, houses, and the livelihood of the people,” Umar said.1

According to the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, more heavy rains are expected in several northern states, including Jigawa, Katsina, Kano, Borno, Yobe, Kaduna, and Bauchi.

References:

1 Flood Kills 50, Displaces Many In Jigawa – Channels TV – August 14, 2022

Featured image credit: Naija Viral TV (stillshot)

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