At least three people have been confirmed dead, and property worth millions of naira destroyed in a flood that occurred in Dakingari area of Suru Local Government in Kebbi State on Saturday.
POLITICS NIGERIA reports that the Chairman of Suru LGA, Alhaji Muhammad Lawal Suru, confirmed the incident to reporters.
He said the flood lasted several hours and was caused by a heavy downpour.
The chairman said the water coming down from the mountains around the town of Dakingari contributed to the flooding. He added that the flood has been a recurring problem in the area for over 20 years, despite efforts by past administrations to construct drainages to solve the problem.
He advised that the flood might be prevented if a concrete fence and outlet could be constructed around the mountains. He also called on people of the area to desist from erecting buildings on waterways and culverts as well as dumping of refuse.
According to him, “After the heavy rain, the water coming down from the mountains around the town of Dakingari contributed to the flooding.
“For over twenty years, we have been battling with the flood when it rains every year. The past administrations of Nasamu Dakingari and Atiku Bagudu constructed drainages in the town to solve the problem but didn’t stop the flood from occurring every year”.
The local government has been contacted for assistance with relief materials for the victims.