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10 die in Nigeria flood

Press Trust of India  |  Abuja 

An official of the affected northeastern Adamawa state's emergency department, said the flood was made more intense by heavy rainfall and that thousands of persons were displaced.

"Farms and cattle ranches were also inundated in the region which is mostly rural," said Shadrach Daniel Baruk.

Flooding is very common in Nigeria during rainy season and this year four persons were killed after a heavy downpour in Niger state.

Another flood in central city of Jos left 68 people dead.

Nigeria has two seasons; dry and rainy.

Last July, torrential rain and flooding that hit Lagos led to more than 20 deaths, even as 2,000 persons were displaced.

Then, heavy downpour in the Island city of 15 million people triggered the overflow of canals with water pouring into residential areas and major roads.

Eleven of the dead were children who drowned in the ensuing flood as the victims could not distinguish between the roads and drainage channels.

First Published: Mon, August 27 2012. 19:35 IST