A seven-year-old girl, Theresa James, died on Friday morning in a flood that trailed heavy rain at Anguwar Yelwa community in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State. The flood also destroyed part of the Anguwar Yelwa Sabo Bridge.
Eyewitnesses said the flood was as a result of two days heavy rain which washed away houses and other property yet to be estimated.
One of the residents of the community, Solomon Daye, told journalists that they were fast asleep when suddenly they discovered flood was rushing into their homes.
Daye said, “Before we could rise up, the whole room was flooded. When the rain subsided in the morning, Theresa, whose mother is our neighbour, was confirmed dead because her mother was in a vigil when the rain started and she could not save her.
“Theresa’s brothers, who slept on the bed, were lucky as they were rescued by neighbours.
“The body of Theresa was discovered when the neighbours were trying to rearrange the room.”
The Shepherd in-charge of Cherubim & Seraphim Church Movement, one of the buildings affected by the flood, Rachel Olaoye, called on the Kaduna State Government to come to the aid of the victims. He said, “When the rain started, we thought it was a normal rainfall, but before we could do anything, the gutters and our homes were filled with flood.”
As of the time of filing this report, men of the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Road Maintenance Agency were seen around the place trying to assess the level of damage, while stern looking security personnel kept vigil.
But there was no official comment from SEMA