25 Killed as Heavy Rains Pound Katsina

Many people are feared dead as heavy rainfall washed away homes and properties in Jibia town, Katsina State.

Reports coming out of the north-western town put the death so far at 25, with over 80 homes and farms washed away.

The rainfall accompanied with heavy winds started at about Sunday night and lasted till the wee hours of Monday, leaving a trail of destruction in areas such as Unguwar Kwa-kwa, Unguwar Mai Kwari, Tudun Takari both the new and old setllements as well as Dan Tudu, Daily Trust writes.

Residents say corpses are being recovered from a nearby water reservoir in neighbouring Niger Republic and fallen buildings, with over 10 bodies recovered in Unguwar Mai Kwari alone.

The District Head of Jibia Rabe Rabiu told news men that ‘ over 25 had died and so far 19 bodies have been recovered and buried with many still unaccounted’.

Meanwhile, the Executive Secretary of the state Emergency Management Agency, Dr Aminu Waziri said reports reaching him indicate that close to 20 are dead but he is yet to get a full report as men of the agency have been deployed to the area.

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