Several communities in the northern part of the country have been feeling the effects of floods as several people were said to have lost their lives while cash and food crops were also washed away by floods as a result of heavy downpour in Bauchi State.
In an interview with newsmen on Tuesday, the Deputy Director, Needs Assessment of the State Emergency Management Agency, Musa Ladan said that four persons lost their lives in Galamakira and Galam Baba communities in Miya district of Ganjuwa local government.
He said that eight persons also lost their lives as a result of the flood in Gulbuk community in Giade local government area of the state.
“The flood killed four children who went out in the rain to wash their bodies. Unfortunately for them on their way home, they stepped on a culvert which caved in and the flood took them away”
“The people in the community were able to recover the body of one of the children who died during the incident. The other two bodies were recovered the following day,” he said.
He said that another victim, a 65-year-old farmer, called Alhaji Danladi, whose house collapsed due to the magnitude of the windstorm accompanying the rain, also lost his life.
The Bauchi State SEMA Permanent Secretary, Aliyu Abba Ahmad, said that the SEMA team had paid a condolence to visit the affected communities and access the level of damage wrecked by the flood.
On their part, the Village heads of Galamakira and Galam Baba, Saleh Adamu and Ahmed Iliyasu respectively called on the state government to construct more primary health care centers in the communities in order to offer prompt medical services to the people during emergencies.