The number of people killed by flood across Bauchi State since the 2021 rainy season started has increased to 13 following five new recorded deaths in Jama’are Local Government Area.

It was learnt that no fewer than 24 people sustained varying degrees of injury in the floods that have so far affected 18 LGAs of the state.

Information gathered by our correspondent from an official of the State Emergency Management Agency in Bauchi State, who declined identification, indicated that five people died in Jama’are, three in Gamawa, three in Ningi while one person each died in Toro and Darazo LGAs.

The SEMA official confirmed that the floods submerged over 1,600 houses.

He said, “Initially, it was reported that eight people died but now, we heard that five more people died in Jama’are.

“Also, 24 people were injured, some were treated and discharged while few are still receiving treatment.

“From available records, properties worth millions of naira and over 1,600 houses were destroyed, while over 5,000 farmlands were also washed away.”

Meanwhile, the Chairman, Jama’are LGA, Samaila Jarma, in a telephone interview with our correspondent, confirmed that five people died in the LGA.

He added that over 1,000 hectares of rice, maize, wheat and beans farmlands were destroyed adding that more than 1,000 houses were damaged.

Jarma said, “Two persons died initially, but we later recovered three corpses, making a total of five.”