No fewer than three persons have been confirmed dead and six others injured following a rainstorm at Maibare in Baure Local Council of Katsina State. The incident, which occurred at the weekend, destroyed over 700 homes in Maibare, while farmers lost several farmlands and animals to the natural disaster, The Guardian reports.
Similarly, rainstorm destroyed 180 houses and rendered over 100 families homeless in eight communities in Kurfi Local Council of the state. The affected communities are, Sabon-Unguwa, Wurma, Kofar Yamma, Birchi, Tsauri, Nasarawa, Kofar Fada and Kofar Ruwa.
In both incidents, the rain started at midnight and continued until noon the following day. The Guardian learned that riverbanks in the affected communities had overflowed their banks, with several farmlands washed away in the waters.
Also, hundreds of domestic animals including chickens and goats were drowned or washed away in the flood. Over six council areas including Bakori, Dutsinma, Kankia, and Jibia, have so far been affected by heavy rainfall this year, with attendant destruction of houses, farmlands, animals and other property.
A similar rainstorm had recently killed over 40 people and destroyed over 500 housese in Jibia. Governor Aminu Bello Masari, who visited Jibia and Baure to assess the situation and condole with the people, urged people to avoid building houses on waterways and blocking drainages.
He, however, directed the State Environmental Management Agency (SEMA) to assist the victims with relief materials, as well as resettle them.