August 22, 2014

Jos floods: 28 killed and rescue workers trapped as Shendam bridge collapses

At least 28 people have been killed in Jos where flooding caused by heavy rains swept through the region on Tuesday destroying homes, bridges and farmlands.

The heavy rains which started on Saturday, according to reports, lasted through Monday night. The Daily Trust reported that the emergency situation in the central region worsened on Tuesday morning when the Shendam Bridge collapsed, cutting off the southern part of the state from neighboring Nasarawa, Benue and Taraba states.

Rescue officials who had gone into the flooded areas via the bridge are now trapped in the Shendam district.

“We have lost our main bridge and we are at a loss as to how to handle this matter,’’ a visibly shaken Alex Dabo, Supervisory Councillor in charge of Social Services in Shendam Local Government, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

NEMA officials have said no casualty was recorded from the bridge collapse and say their workers are on the ground to assess the level of damage done and what could be done to rectify the situation.

NEMA spokesman for North-Central, Audu Yohanna, said: “Nobody was killed, but cars cannot cross to the other side as I speak with you. The residents are just confused.

“What we intend to do is to try to find a way to Langtang through Tunkus and Mikang, while others will move through Lafia in Nasarawa State .’’

Flooding caused by heavy rains have affected Plateau state a great deal, and officials have warned that more floods will sweep through the region during the rainy seasons, expected to last through September.

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