Nigeria residents try to recover from deadly flood

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Sep 3rd, 2011
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Residents watch the remains of a collapsed bridge following a heavy down pour last week in Ibadan, Nigeria , Friday, Sept 2, 2011. Flash flooding across Nigeria's southwest killed at least 102 people in the last week, the country's Red Cross said .Some 1,500 people remain displaced by the torrential downpours, officials said.The major flood hit hardest in Oyo state's capital of Ibadan. Heavy rains there on Friday made a local dam overflow, sending water crashing through the informal settlements surrounding the city. The water also damaged three bridges in the area, trapping people in their neighborhoods. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Residents of Nigeria’s flood-stricken southwest say they are trying to recover after torrential rains washed away homes and killed more than 100 people.

Ibadan resident Kafaya Adisa says she lost two children in last week’s flood.

The Red Cross said late Friday that 102 people were killed and more than 100 families were displaced after rains made a local dam overflow and damaged bridges. Many homes were poorly constructed, meaning they simply washed away when the water rushed through.

Ibadan water official Gabriel Oguntola says the dam gate could not contain the sudden rush of water.

Last year, some 500,000 people were displaced nationwide by floods in Nigeria. Nigeria’s rainy season lasts roughly from June to September.AP

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