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Two persons feared killed as flood cuts off Bauchi-Ningi-Kano road

Two persons feared killed as flood cuts off Bauchi-Ningi-Kano road


Two persons were on Friday feared dead after the car they were travelling in was washed away by flood at Malka village in Ningi Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

This is even as the chairman, Ningi LGA, Hon. Mahmuda Tabla, said no life was lost in the incident.

The flood, which left many travellers on the busy Ningi-Bauchi-Kano highway as well as villagers alike stranded, was as a result of several hours of heavy downpour between Thursday night and Friday morning.

DAILY POST learnt that the flood equally led to the collapse of the road, which links Bauchi with parts of Ningi LGA and also leads to Jigawa and Kano states respectively.

While the two persons were unlucky, it was gathered that other passengers in the car were rescued alive.

Many people trapped by the heavy rain were said to take to trekking after the floodwater receded following the extensive damage done to the road.

Eyewitnesses described the situation as very bad, noting that the flood led to the collapse of the bridge linking the road.

Speaking with journalists in a telephone chat, the Danburam of Ningi Emirate, Yusuf Yunusa Danyaya, while describing the incident as terrible, informed that the resultant flood prevented people from leaving and coming to Ningi, adding that parts of the road was washed away.

“Following the incident, people cannot travel to Bauchi from Ningi likewise people from Bauchi cannot travel to Ningi up to Kano State from here. The incident is terrible.

“After the bridge linking the roads broke, part of the road, about 30 meters, was washed away by the flood and a pit was created there. The road has been broken into two. It was a serious flood,” he said.

According to him, a Golf Volkswagen car was stuck inside the ditch created by the flood on the road, informing that the two passengers feared killed were women

“So far, there is a car inside, a Golf. There is no way it can be removed at the moment. Two women inside the Golf got drowned. The remaining people were rescued. One of them had been on top of the tree, it wasn’t long that he was rescued.

“There is a trailer that carried over 400 sheep and goats, but unfortunately, about 250 of them died in the incident. They usually partition the trailer into two, up and down and it was able to carry that number. One of the victims said he had 160 and all of them died.

“There is no way cars will drive past the place, travellers are just stranded. There are trailers, buses and small cars all stranded,” Danyaya said.

He, however, informed that security operatives from the Nigeria Police; Nigerian Army, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC); the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) were deployed in the scene to provide security as well as control traffic there.

Meanwhile, the Speaker, Bauchi State House of Assembly, Right Honourable Abubakar Suleiman, has sympathised with the families of the deceased, people of the affected area as well as the entire state over the unfortunate incident.

The speaker, who represents Ningi State Constituency, expressed his sympathy on Friday when he visited the scene for an assessment and described the incident as very unfortunate.

Suleiman promised the people that he would immediately inform the state governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, of the extent of damages caused by the unfortunate flood for the state government to urgently assist.

Reacting to the incident, the chairman, Ningi LGA, Hon. Mahmuda Tabla, said no life was lost in the incident, adding that over 20 houses in the area were submerged and destroyed.

According to him, all the passengers in the washed away car were successfully rescued by villagers, who rushed some of them to the hospital for treatment.

“There was a downpour from yesterday (Thursday) evening to the early hours of this (Friday) morning.

“Drivers were plying the road from last night till the early hours of today (Friday). But this morning, some came and while on that part of the road, they observed that if they proceed, the road will break and if they turn back, it will also break and that is why you saw the two vehicles in-between the two parts of the road that were cut-off.

“Another car was washed away and it fell off the road. The villagers were able to rescue the occupants of the vehicle and some of them were rushed to the hospital but nobody died in the incident,” the chairman told journalists.

Tabla, however, called on both the Bauchi State government and the Federal Government to immediately intervene with a view to fixing the road to enable people go about their normal businesses.




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