Nigeria authorities: 6 children killed in floods

AP News
Posted: Jun 23, 2011 2:01 PM
Nigeria authorities: 6 children killed in floods

Nigerian authorities say six people who died after flooding hit Nigeria's north were all children.

Officials say at least six people died and more than 200 were displaced in the northern city of Kano because of early rains. They say people could not be evacuated because of poor drainage in the area.

A father said Thursday he lost two of his children after his highly populated neighborhood flooded.

Abbas Ado says he lost his sons Abubakar, 13, and Yusuf, 11. He says he has moved to a shelter and has lost "all he (had)."

Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency has warned that rains will be heavier this year than last year. Last year's rains displaced about 500,000 people nationwide.

The wet season loosely lasts from June to September, with July and August as the rainiest months.