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Niger flood: 28 houses destroyed, death toll hits 13

About 28 houses have been destroyed with hundreds of residents rendered homeless in the flooding, which ravaged Hayi and Chachinia communities in the Tafa and Suleja local government areas of Niger State.

During a visit to the two communities on Monday, our correspondents learnt that Chachinia residents found the corpse of a woman and her son.

She was identified simply as Aisha.

A resident, Ismail Abdullahi, said, “On Sunday, after the rain, we found a corpse. Today again (Monday), we found the corpses of a woman, Aisha, and her son. They were buried some hours ago.”

In Hayi, hundreds of residents were seen trying to salvage their property from collapsed houses.

Three of them told our correspondents that one of the boys, Suleiman, was swept away by the flood, had yet to be found.

A septuagenarian, Ishaya Bako, said 28 houses in Hayi alone were destroyed by  flood.

He said, “We are still looking for two boys, Shehu and Suleiman. My house has been destroyed too. About 28 houses in Hayi were destroyed. We need government’s assistance.”

A police officer at the A Division, Suleja, said some of the injured victims were still being treated at the Suleja General Hospital.

Also, it was learnt that 13 persons had been reported dead, while three others were confirmed missing after the flooding.

Our correspondent learnt that the head of a household of seven, Abubakar  Saraki, survived, but his six children died.

The Director-General, Niger State Emergency Management Agency, Ibrahim Ahmed Inga, said eight bodies had been recovered .

Inga said, “Niger State Government is doing its best to reach out to those affected. We must provide shelter immediately and other things will follow. “

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