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Torrential rain destroys over 150 houses in Jos

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A torrential downpour Saturday evening destroyed over 150 houses in Anguwan Rogo, Rikkos, Bauchi Road, and Naraguta communities of Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State.

A resident of Bauchi Road, Mallam Tanko Alhassan, told newsmen that though no lives were lost, the flood wreaked so much havoc in the area, washing away houses and other properties.

“The flood didn’t claim any lives, but because it was huge, it destroyed over 150 houses, displacing residents.

“These people have lost all their properties and are left with nothing,” he narrated.

He added that the displaced persons are currently staying with neighbors, friends, and relatives.

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He called on the government to come to the aid of the affected communities.

Another victim, Salamatu Aliu, said, “The flood took us by surprise. We never expected it. The heavy rain has destroyed my house and that of my neighbor, as well as several other homes in Anguwan Rogo.

“We are calling on the government and spirited individuals to come to our rescue because we are in serious distress.”

The rain, which began at about 3 p.m., fell heavily for over two hours. Traders at Terminus Market had to close their shops for the day as floods raged through the market and also caused serious gridlock.

Residents said they were surprised that in September when rainfall should be winding down in the north, such was experienced.

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