Over the past week, floods have affected hundreds of families in the northern and northeastern states of Jigawa, Bauchi and Adamawa in Nigeria. At least 21 people died in a road accident on a bridge destroyed by flooding.
The flooding came after several days of heavy rains in the region. More than 380 families have been affected or displaced in the three states since August 11, according to local media reports citing local officials.
Jigawa State Police said 21 people died after two cars hit a bridge on August 15, 2021, which collapsed after heavy rains and floods in the state. One of the vehicles was a bus with 18 passengers. The disaster took place in the local government area (LGA) of Gwaram, which is located along the Bunga River (also known as Jamaare or Jamaari) near the state border with Bauchi.
Heavy rains previously caused severe flooding along the Bunga River in Jamaar City on 10 August, resulting in devastating flooding. As a result, five people died and more than 1,500 homes and farms were damaged. Floods have affected other areas of the state as well. According to officials, 200 families were displaced to Kirfi LGA after flooding on 12 August 2021.
In Adamawa State, floods hit parts of the Schelleng LGA around August 11, 2021. 66 houses were damaged or destroyed, affecting hundreds of residents.
The flooding occurred in Guri LGA, Jigawa State after heavy rains on 11 and 12 August. More than 120 homes were damaged or destroyed, officials said, forcing people to relocate to safer areas.
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency said heavy showers are expected on August 16-19 in Taraba, Bauchi, Gombe, Sokoto, Zamfara, Kaduna, Kano, Jigawa and Kastina provinces.