The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) issued a flood warning in early August to 10 states, advising that they begin to take proactive action against imminent flooding between August and October.
The ten states mentioned were – Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Cross RIver, Delta, Kaduna, Kwara, Nasarawa, Yobe and Zamfara.
Sokoto was not one of the states mentioned. However, a thunderstorm and flood in Tudu village and surrounding communities of Dange Shuni local government area of the state following heavy rains left more than 100 homes destroyed and a toddler dead.
Also, a highway – the Isa-Marnona federal highway – was washed away by the flood.
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, along with Sultan Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, visited the community which was affected by the flood. The governor told the victims that the state government has already sent in emergency supply of relief items to the area.
He said in the mid-term, the state emergency management agency will conduct a full assessment of items destroyed to enable government assist the victims.
While praying to God to ensure such calamity doesn’t occur again, Tambuwal said efforts are being made to ensure that all houses to be rebuilt will be strong enough to withstand heavy rains and strong winds.
Tambuwal said his administration will fix the damaged section of the road, and revealed that an assessment team has been directed to to visit the site and advise government accordingly.