No fewer than four people including a couple have died in a flood that followed a heavy downpour in Nyelleng and Gwabi communities of Pankshin Local Government Area (LGA) of Plateau State.
Council Chairman, Audu Kak’mena, who confirmed the deaths during a visit to the communities, expressed sadness at the incident.
A heavy downpour occurred in the area from Monday 22nd to Wednesday 24th August leaving the areas flooded.
The only bridge linking the area with the outside world was submerged and some residents returning from a neighbouring local market tried to wade through but some lost their lives in the process.
Kak’mena while sympathizing with the victims’ families and the community, assessed the level of damage.
He said this would help to develop an intervention template and recommend the same to the State and the National Emergency Management Agencies (NEMA) for intervention.
The Chairman advised people to be cautious while crossing rivers during the rainy season to avert a re-occurrence. He assured them of the council’s support.
Kak’mena visited the family of Evangelist Daniel Goma who was killed alongside his wife.
Responding, the eldest son of the deceased, Jonathan Daniel thanked the Chairman for the visit.
The Chairman was also at the home of Nendirmwa Kamshinen, a pregnant woman who sustained injuries as a result of the flood.
Kamshinen explained that she was carried by the flood while crossing the bridge. She thanked God she was able to hold a tree in the river and escaped death.
Danjuma Philip and Amos Goyit who took the Council Chairman to the affected areas, appreciated him for identifying with the community and solicited assistance from the government and other good-spirited individuals to construct the Fwor-ching Nyelleng bridge which is a problem for the community every rainy season.
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