Nigeria floods catastrophe
15 August 2012, 08:04
Jos - Authorities say floods in central Nigeria have killed at least 33 people and displaced thousands.
Emergency Management Agency spokesperson Yushau Shuaib, who confirmed
the death toll, said on Tuesday that the weekend floods affected six
districts in Plateau state.
Nigerian Red Cross official Andronicus Adeyemo said more than 10 000 people lost their homes.
Samuel Bondip, a lawyer who went to the area from Jos, the state
capital, to check on his relatives, said rescuers had been unable to
reach many victims because the water had not yet subsided.
Nigeria is experiencing its annual rainy season. Floods three weeks ago left at least 35 dead in Plateau state.