By Adebayo Fajinmi
Shortly after Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) predicted consistent rainfall in some part of Yobe on Sunday, flood killed five people in the Potiskum town of the state after a heavy rainfall that destroyed several houses and dislodged hundreds of residents who are now taking refuge at Kwata and Arikime Primary Schools within Potiskum Local Government Area.
TOS NEWS had reported that NiMeT predicted thunderstorms might be seen in parts of Taraba, Kebbi, Zamfara, Bauchi, Kano, Yobe and Kaduna States in the early hours of Sunday. It added that isolated rains could fall later on Sunday in the Federal Capital Territory, Plateau, Kwara, Benue and Niger States.
The agency said, during the day, same weather is expected over parts of Borno, Yobe, Jigawa, Bauchi, Zamfara, Taraba, Adamawa, Sokoto, Kano, Katsina, and Kaduna States.
According to witnesses, the rain washed-up houses and rendered most of the occupants roofless and they had to be resettled in a temporal camp.
A resident, Adamu Ibrahim, said, “Five people were killed in the rain. The rain started in the afternoon of Sunday and lasted well over three hours. The houses that were washed away are much. I can’t give accurate number because I didn’t count the houses. But some were completely destroyed along with their belongings. Some, the roofs were removed by the strong wind that accompanied the rain while several other houses were enmeshed in water.”
He also stated that the victims of the flood across the various communities lost foodstuffs and all valuables to the water disaster.
Meanwhile, the state government, through the State Emergency Management Agency distributed food and non-food items to the displaced people while also providing canopies for the erection of temporal shelters at their place of abode.