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Hundreds invade IDP camp as flood kills five in Yobe

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Flood has killed five people in the Potiskum town of Yobe 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.

The flood happened on Sunday evening shortly before the NIMET forecast that predicted consistent rainfall in some parts of Yobe and other states of the federation.

According to witnesses, the rain washed houses away and rendered most of the occupants roofless and they had to be resettled in a temporal camp.

“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,” a resident, Adamu Ibrahim, said.

Adamu 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.


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