About twenty houses were submerged by flood in Haying Gada, Jema’a Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State’s northwest zone of Nigeria on August 26, 2016.
The flood occurred just weeks after authorities warned of possible devastating floods in eight LGA’s in the state.
An eyewitness explained that torrential rain started around 10 a.m. and ended around 4:43 p.m. local time, on Friday, thereby destroying houses and property worth millions of naira in the community.
Elenza.com reported Friday, one of the residents in Jema’a Asemo Adekunle to have said the people in the community were used to witnessing minor floods every year but that they didn’t record any last year in the area, which was why they remained in their homes.
“We have been experiencing flood for the past 3 years but there was no flood last year and so we all relaxed thinking all will be fine this year too but we were wrong,” the resident said. No life was lost but residents of the community called on the state government to intervene by coming to their aid as many don’t have a place to sleep with their children.
In a statement published on August 06, 2016 by Floodlist.com the Nigeria Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said:
“Following intense rainfall and rises in water level, the National Emergency Management Agency has advised communities along the river Niger to evacuate immediately to safer ground over the likelihood of floods that may occur at any moment from now”.
Director General of NEMA, Muhammad Sani Sidi who gave the advice said the agency has received alerts of the flood from information given by the authorities in the Republic of Niger that the present water level in the river has reached a point that may result in the flood that could be compared with the unfortunate experience of 2012.
He said: “Niger Basin Authority (NBA) notified Nigeria that rainy season, which started in the Middle Niger (Burkina Faso and Niger Republic) in June, 2016, has led to a gradual rise of the level of River Niger in Niamey, Niger Republic. This high level of water in Niger Republic is already spreading to Benin Republic, and invariably, to Nigeria”.
He further said that the level of water in all the hydrological monitoring stations across the country, as of Friday, August 5, 2016, have already exceeded the corresponding values at that time, which is an alarming situation that requires the prompt and coordinated action of all governments and stakeholders. According to the information, “if the heavy rainfall continues in intensity and duration within these regions of the River Niger, it is imminent that flood situation similar to that of the year 2012 may occur.”
Nigerianreporter.com equally reported on August 6, 2016 that Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) warned of a possible flood to likely occur in eight major rivers and their tributaries in 2016 across Nigeria.
Premium Times Nigeria in 2015 reported that no fewer than 53 people died in 11 states from floods that displaced more than 100,420 people. Thousands of houses, farmlands, and property worth billions of naira were also lost to the flood disasters in many local government areas affected in the northern states.
The affected states are Kano, Katsina, Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, Kaduna, Jigawa, Adamawa, Yobe, Gombe and Bauchi.