No fewer than three persons have been feared dead as a heavy downpour overtook many parts of Gusau, Zamfara State capital on Sunday night.
The reporters said that at Gidan Kaura in Rijiya district of Gusau, flood washed away two people during the downpour that lasted for over five hours.
According to the district head of Gidan Kaura, Malam Umar Ibrahim, many of his subjects have been rendered homeless as a result of the heavy rainfall, pointing out that property worth millions of Naira were destroyed.
“The situation was very terrible and fearful as the heavy rainfall left many villagers in uncontrollable tears,” he lamented.
Malam Ibrahim explained that the affected people are now squatting with their relations and friends in Gusau, Kaura and many other places in the state.
The district head appealed to Gusau Local Government Council and the state government to as a matter of urgency construct standard roads and drainages in the area to alleviate the plight of the people.
He noted that the immediate past administration led by Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari awarded a contract of road construction and drainages in the area which was started but later abandoned by the contractor for the reason or reasons best known to him.
“About 98 percent of the population in Gidan Kaura area are professional farmers and the uncontrollable flood has destroyed all the farmlands, which means that there would be serious shortage of food in the area this season,” he pointed out.
In the same vein, a boy of about three years old named Jibril was taken away by the heavy flood at Tudun wada area of Gusau, the state capital and was later found dead after some hours that the flood took him away.
According to the father popularly known as Abdulaziz Oki, the flood carried away the boy in their presence. HE said that all efforts to save him proved abortive as the boy was later found dead in another area.