Heavy downpour that lasted hours into the early morning of Monday has killed not fewer than 25 persons, dozens declared missing while over 90 houses destroyed in Jibia local government area of Katsina State.
The downpour which started at about 11pm on Sunday night and stopped around 1am on Monday also claimed lives of about 260 livestock and destroyed farmlands in the area. The District Head of Jibia, Alhaji Rabe Rabi’u, confirmed the development on Monday.
According to him, “As I speak to you, we have discovered the corpse of 25 persons including mothers and children and many are missing. Over 260 cows, sheep and goats were killed by the flood. The heavy rainfall started around 11 pm on Sunday night and stopped by 1 am this morning (Monday),” Rabi’u said. At the time of filing in this report, when contacted, the Executive Secretary, Katsina State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Dr. Aminu G. Waziri could not ascertain number of casualties involved in the disaster but said it has dispatched the search and rescue team to the affected areas who are now assessing the situation.
A resident in the area said the downpour which lasted for hours caused the river channels in the affected villages to overflow their banks resulting in loss of lives and properties. The source said a food vendor, Halima Zubairu Jibia and two of her children were killed by the downpour which swept away her container shop around Sabuwar Mosque area of Jibia. Meanwhile, several persons have also been rendered homeless from the downpour which affected about ten communities. The communities badly affected include, Kwata, Dantudu, Sabuwar, Tukare, Tsohuwar Tukare and Ungwar Mai Kwari.