10 die in downpour

Nigerian emergency authorities say at least 10 people have died in building collapses caused by heavy rains in the country’s north.

A regional coordinator for the National Emergency Management Agency said Monday that the victims include a mother and her three-year-old child. Their house caved in during Sunday’s six-hour-long rains in Kari, a town that sits along a stream in Bauchi state.

Aliyu Sambo said Kari Primary School had been converted into a camp to provide relief to about 1,800 people who had been displaced by the floods. He said about 150 mud houses and hundreds of livestock were washed away.

A fire service official also said Monday another house collapse in Kano killed six people. That brings the known death toll to 10.

Nigeria’s rainy season lasts roughly from June to September.


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