A boy has been confirmed dead in an early morning flood caused by heavy downpour yesterday at Bajoga in Funakaye Local Government Area of Gombe State.

Houses around Dadinkowa River became flooded on Saturday following an early morning downpour that lasted for more than six hours.

The Director-General, Press Affairs to Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, Malam Uba Misili, who confirmed the death of the boy in a statement, said the governor has already sent a condolence message to the family.

He said Governor Yahaya has also directed the Ministry of Environment, the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA and other relevant agencies to provide assistance to affected persons.

“Gombe State governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, has sympathised with the victims of flood disaster that wreaked havoc on some areas at Bajoga, Funakaye Local Government Area of the state following a heavy downpour.

“The Governor, who expressed his heartfelt condolences to the family of a boy who lost his life as a result of the flood, also sympathised with all those who sustained injuries or lost their properties and other material resources,” he said.

According to him, “The governor directed the State Ministry of Environment, Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and the local authorities to immediately move in, assess the level of devastation in the affected areas such as Shara-Massur as well as provide succour to the victims to cushion the effect of the disaster.”

He assured of his administration’s commitment towards the wellbeing of the citizenry, adding that government will offer assistance to minimise the suffering of the affected persons.

The Governor however urged the people to heed to flash flood warnings, and avoid flood-prone areas as a preventive measure.