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Wednesday, 18 July 2018

OSINBAJO VISITS AS DEATH TOLL IN KATSINA FLOOD RISES TO 52


Flooding caused by torrential rains on Nigeria’s border with Niger has left more than 52 people dead and another 20 missing in Katsina State, the emergency services said yesterday.
The Guardian gathered that the actual numbers of casualties may never be known because of the time the downpour and flooding occurred.
The official death toll rose from 44 on Monday just as the vice president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, visited the scene yesterday evening to commiserate with victims of the Jibia natural disaster that also destroyed about 500 houses and more than 5,000 people rendered homeless.
He arrived in company of the state governor, Bello Masari.
A resident, who gave his name as Balarabe Yusufu, said many people were actually swept away by the flood, which occurred between 11:00p.m. on Sunday and 4:00a.m. on Monday.
“The 44 people being claimed as the number of casualties was the official figure and it was based on the number of bodies recovered.
The flooding swept away many people while they were sleeping, as their houses collapsed on them.
“It was a calamity and we have never witnessed this in Jibia. Look at houses affected .
Personally, I counted close to 1000 at both sides of the drainage either partially damaged or totally collapsed.”
The Federal Government has, however, promised to compensate families of victims of the flood that ravaged over five communities.
The Vice President, who paid a condolence visit to the state yesterday, said government would collaborate with the state and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to compensate the victims.
Addressing the victims, Osinbajo said: “The president has asked me to assure you that everything will be done to ensure that everybody is taken care of, and that we will make sure this sort of thing does not repeat itself again.

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