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Flood wreaks havoc in Kaduna

By Saxone Akhaine, Northern Bureau Chief and Joke Falaju, Abuja   |   22 September 2015   |   2:31 am  

flooding• Again, agency raises alarm over rise in sea level • Over 2000 houses submerged, 30,000 residents homeless
AN unprecedented flood, which ravaged Kaduna State on Monday, has rendered not less than 30,000 residents homeless and two thousand houses submerged.

Besides, one death was recorded in Lere Local council of the state, according to the Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Agency, Mr. Ezekiel Baba-Karik who led a team on a rescue operation.

This is happening as the Nigerian Hydrological Service Agency (NHSA) has again warned on the continuous rise in sea level, saying its monitoring stations at critical locations on River Niger and River Benue has recorded gradual build up on the rivers.

NHSA explained that its monitoring stations at critical locations on River Niger has recorded a gradual increase both in the flow and height of River Niger, the increase they said led to the release of water from Kainji and Jebba dams on September 9, 2015 at the rate of 50m3/s.

Also on the River Benue axis, the agency attributed the increasing rise in the flow to the periodic release of water from the Lagdo Dam in Cameroun coupled with the intermittent rainfall in the area as well as the contributions from adjoining tributaries flowing into the Benue from both the North Central and Cameroun highlands.

Baba-Karik said the Kaduna flood, which was one of worst in the history of the state, affected 10 out of the 23 local councils.
In Kaduna metropolis, Barnawa, Tudun-wada, Kigo Road, Karatudu, among others, including Rafinguza were badly affected.

Mr. James Aboki, a resident of Kigo Road said that when the rain started, some residents of the area called on the emergency workers but nobody showed up.



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