Severe flooding has affected three Nigerian states

Floods have affected hundreds of families in Nigeria’s northern and northeastern states of Jigawa, Bauchi and Adamawa over the past week. At least 21 people died in a road accident on a bridge destroyed by flooding.

The flooding came after days of heavy rains in the region. According to local media reports citing local officials, more than 380 families in the three states have been affected or displaced since August 11.

Jigawa state police reported that 21 people died after two vehicles drove onto a bridge that collapsed after heavy rains and flooding in the state on Aug. 15, 2021. One of the vehicles was a bus carrying 18 passengers. The crash happened in the local government area (LGA) of Gwaram, which is located near the Bunga River (also known as Jamaare or Jamaari) near the state border with Bauchi.

Heavy rains earlier caused severe flooding along the Bunga River in the town of Jamaare on August 10, resulting in devastating floods. Five people were killed and more than 1,500 homes and farms were damaged as a result. Floods affected other parts of the state as well. Officials reported that 200 families were displaced to Kirfey LGA after the Aug. 12, 2021, flood.

In Adamawa State, flooding hit parts of the Schelleng LGA around Aug. 11, 2021. Sixty-six homes were damaged or destroyed, affecting hundreds of residents.

Flooding occurred in Guri LGA, Jigawa, after heavy rains on Aug. 11 and 12. Officials said more than 120 homes were damaged or destroyed, forcing people to move to safer areas.

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency reported that heavy rains were expected in Taraba, Bauchi, Gombe, Sokoto, Zamfara, Kaduna, Kano, Jigawa and Kastina provinces August 16-19.

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