Monday, July 11, 2016 11:20 pm
A downpour on Sunday claimed four lives at Bakatoshi street, Magume, Zaria Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the deceased include a housewife, Fatima Usman, her three children, Halima, Usman and Nana Khadija
NAN also reports that the heavy rain, which started around 8:00 p.m., lasted for more than three hours.
The husband of the deceased, Jamilu Usman, told NAN that the deceased lost their lives during the rain, which resulted to flood.
“I spoke with my wife when the heavy rain started and advised her to be calm and take care of the children.
“When the rain was over, I rushed back home only to find them dead.” he said.
When contacted, Director, Planning, Relieve and Natural Disaster, Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr Samson Gaura, confirmed the incident.
Gaura, who was at the scene to represent the Executive Director, SEMA, Mr Ezekiel Baba-Kari, said his team had so far identified 15 affected houses in one street at Magume.
He attributed the flood to erection of structures on waterways and cautioned people against such act to save their lives and property.
“We are here for Rapid Response Assessment (RRA) to see for ourselves the extent of damage.”