At least a dozen people drowned in Nigeria’s worst flooding in a decade

More than 600 killed in Nigeria’s worst flooding in a decade

Aerial photo showed widespread damage caused by torrential rains over the weekend.

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At least 514 people have been killed when torrential downpours inundated parts of Nigeria’s north-east, leaving tens of thousands homeless.

At least 514 people have been killed in Nigeria’s worst flooding in a decade as torrential downpours inundated parts of the north-east.

At least two people were also missing and feared drowned after a boat sank on a river near Ipetu in Bayelsa state, police said.

In Kaduna, more than a dozen people drowned when rain swept away a bridge being built on the Kaduna-Kaduna-Ondo road on Saturday.

The deaths bring the toll from this year’s storm to at a minimum 620 and many are believed to have perished due to asphyxiation as homes were submerged.

In a separate incident, a boat sank on a river near Ipetu village in Bauchi, the police in the state’s Ondo state said.

“It was a fishing boat and the four men sleeping on board had perished. We have recovered five bodies from the river,” the police spokesman, Chike Onwukor, said.

State disaster management department spokesman, Ejaremi Abdullahi, added that the incident took place at about 5pm on Saturday.

He said the survivor has been hospitalised to check if he has suffered any injuries.

A police spokeswoman said they were waiting for a boat to arrive to retrieve the bodies.

Oyibo Ajayi, a civil society activist in the troubled Niger Delta region of the south-west, said the flooding had been compounded by bad management of water from the Niger River.

“There must be a serious look at the people who are not protecting the water resources,” he said.

This flood is the worst in more than a decade, and the death tally is expected to grow as the government struggles to rescue people trapped in their homes by the heavy rains.

The rains on the weekend were the heaviest the region had seen in more than 20 years.

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