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Flood washes out dead bodies in Yobe cemetery

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Flood triggered by days of rainfall has washed out dead bodies at Low Cost Cemetery in Gashua local government area of Yobe.

The flood also destroyed buildings in the area.

Kaku Bulama-Bukar, the LGA’s community development officer, confirming the incident revealed that the downpour, which began on July 9, exposed some corpses in the cemetery.

“Yes, we have experienced heavy rain accompanied by a wild wind in Gashua town since Friday. As we speak, many buildings are destroyed, and our cemetery is submerged.

“Some graves are even exposed, and some people had to be evacuated from their houses to save their lives,” Mr Bulama-Bukar said.

The officer said the council was taking an inventory of the individuals and houses affected by the disaster.

“As soon as we conclude assessing the damage and the people affected by it, we will present our report to the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and the council for action.

“I can assure you that relief material and other forms of support will be provided to the affected persons,” he said.

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