In Ningi Local Government of Bauchi State, three people are said to have drowned during heavy rains that flooded the Kwanar Mulka bridge caused by a heavy downpour.
Ahmadu Abdullahi, an eyewitness and resident of Kwanar Mulka, told Daily Trust on Saturday that the incident took place yesterday morning after torrential rain caused the river to overflow its banks, cutting off the highway.
“A bus carrying six passengers fell into the side of the road. Out of the six people in the vehicle, two women drowned and the remaining four were rescued. The two women are still unaccounted for. Additionally, one person drowned beside the bridge and his body has yet to be found.
SP Ahmed Wakil, the police public relation officer for Bauchi State command, confirmed the incident, but said that no lives were lost. All the passengers were rescued, he said.
The police barricaded the road to prevent further tragedies.
Abubakar Y. Suleiman, Speaker of the Bauchi State House of Assembly, visited the scene of the incident and said parts of the road had been washed away, cutting off access to Bauchi, Kano and Jigawa.
Abubakar Abdullahi, one of the motorists whose car washed away, told the Speaker that he was on his way from Kano to Adamawa when he ran into the flood water.
Eleven people were rescued, while three drowned. Two other vehicles also fell into the river. Their bodies have not yet been found.”
Speaker Ningi donated money to passengers whose vehicles were washed away by the flood so that they could travel. In addition, he prayed for those who lost their lives.
The chairman of the Ningi Truck Drivers Association, Alhaji Ali Noma Gadar Maiwa, who is a resident of the area, called on the government to act immediately.
On Friday afternoon, another heavy downpour washed away the topmost layer of the Bauchi-Jos highway, along Nabardo, where a truck carrying 400 bags fell and blocked the road, causing heavy traffic gridlock for several hours.
Danjuma Garba, a resident of Nabardo, said heavy rain fell throughout Thursday night and Friday morning, flooding many farmlands and causing part of the highway beside Nabardo market to be washed away.