2 killed, 1,500 houses damaged by heavy downpour in north Nigeria

At least two people were killed and about 1,500 houses affected due to heavy downpour on Monday in three local government areas in Nigeria’s northern state of Katsina, according to the state emergency management agency on Wednesday.

The heavy rain, which lasted for almost five hours, caused the death of two persons, Umar Mohammed, the agency’s spokesperson told reporters in a press briefing in Katsina, the state capital.

“Over 800 houses were affected in Faskari, 400 in Bindawa and 300 in Sabuwa areas of the state respectively,” the official said, adding that the agency was already looking at how to assist the victims.

Nigerian authorities had in May issued an alert to 28 out of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory in the country, warning of severe flooding this year.