3-hour rain­fall wrecks Kebbi com­mu­ni­ties

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Is­mail Ade­bayo, Birnin Kebbi

An early morn­ing down­pour yes­ter­day caused havoc in many res­i­den­tial and pub­lic places within Birnin Kebbi, the Kebbi State cap­i­tal.

Some of the ar­eas badly af­fected in­cluded Aliero Quar­ters, Badariya, Bayan-Kara and Rafin-Atiku.

One of the af­fected res­i­dents at Bayan-Kara, Al­haji Us­man Idris, who spoke to news­men, lamented how the con­trac­tors han­dling some of the road projects in the town­ship had blocked drainages, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for water to flow.

Dur­ing the rain which started around 5 am and lasted over three hours, many houses were dam­aged and some other prop­er­ties washed away. Some of the roads link­ing ar­eas like Badariya, Bayan-Kara and Ah­madu Bello Way were not ac­ces­si­ble to mo­torists and pedes­tri­ans for many hours.

A res­i­dent of Aliero Quar­ters, Ab­dulka­dir Ab­dul who spoke to our cor­re­spon­dent on the flood. “Gov­ern­ment must as quickly as pos­si­ble ad­dress this sit­u­a­tion,” he said.

The Com­mis­sioner for Land and Hous­ing, Al­haji Abubakar Ladan said the gov­ern­ment was aware of the flood and was ad­dress­ing it.

While on a visit to some of the scenes of the flood at the Bayankara area, Gov­er­nor Atiku Bagudu said he had di­rected the Com­mis­sioner to col­late names of the af­fected peo­ple with a view to as­sist­ing them to re­gain what they had lost.

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