10 Persons Feared Dead In Suleja Flood
About 10 residents of Suleja, Niger State are missing and feared dead following a heavy downpour that started in the early hours on Sunday.
The Chairman of Suleja Local Government Area, Abdullahi Maje, confirmed the incident to Channels Television.
He explained that the heavy rain started around 12 midnight and went on for hours, leaving more than 100 houses flooded in Suleja Local Government Area of the state.
“There are about 10 missing persons within Suleja. Three bodies have been found, we are still searching for the remaining persons dead or alive. We have made a call to the Federal Government through the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA); they responded quickly and came to Suleja,” Mr Maje said.
The worst affected areas included Kaduna Road through Bakin-Iku, Checheniya, Yaro College area, Kantoma area, Kuspa, Anguwan Gwari and Anguwan Juma.
Narrating their plights to Channels TV crew who visited the scene, residents said some who had attempted to leave their submerged homes for safety were swept away by the flood.
They added that cars and vehicles parked along the roads were also moved from their original positions due to the heavy downpour.
A resident said: “I know of nine persons who were carried away by the flood and likely dead in (my) community alone”.
A Search and Rescue Officer of NEMA, Egrigba Micheal, told Channels Television that the agency was able to rescue a victim who has been rushed to the Suleja General Hospital.
“We got a call from our zonal coordinator, Mohammed Idris that there was a flood in Suleja, so we quickly moved to Suleja. We have seen a lot of devastation the rain has caused. Many of the houses were submerged while some were completely rooted out. Many properties worth millions of naira were also destroyed. There was one house that had eight people dead [although Channels Television did not see their corpse],” Mr Micheal said.
“In a family of eight, only one person was found dead but the other seven are still missing. We will go back to write our report and submit to our boss. Certainly tomorrow (Tuesday), they will come back and do another assessment before there can be any relief material,” the NEMA official added.