Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Nigeria: Deadly flooding in Jos in Plateau state

At least 35 people have been killed in flooding in central Nigeria's Plateau state after heavy rainfall caused a dam to overflow near the city of Jos.
A Red Cross spokesman said that about 200 homes, many of them made from mud, had been submerged or destroyed.
Officials say that at least 25 people are missing and that the number of dead is expected to rise.

One resident said heavy rain began to fall on Sunday evening and that many of his livestock had been washed away.
"I have lost seven of my children in this disaster," resident Abdulhamid Useini is quoted by the AFP news agency as saying.
The head of the Red Cross in Plateau state, Manasie Phampe, said the dead included a 90-year-old woman and a three-month-old baby.
"Rainwater and water from the Lamingo dam which overflowed swept across several neighbourhoods in the city," he said.
"We are still searching for more bodies as many people have been declared missing."
By BBC News

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