On Thursday, August 20, the poor drainage system in Kano was exposed as flood submerged some parts of the city. The flood, which began immediately after a 45-minute rainfall, started at the time people were rushing to close from their business premises.
The flood sacked traders at Kurmi market and some residents from their houses around Yanmota in Dala area of the city as a result of a heavy rain, which started at about 5.41p.m.
The flood, which some residents described as unfriendly, entered some of the houses and forcing residents to flee while others rescue those whose houses were taken over by the water along Total filing station.
A resident of Tukuntawa quarters, Malam Yusuf Aminu, said that the flood took over his entire house including the other neighborhood. “I forced myself into my house and found that my wife and her little daughter were swimming inside the flood but I was able to rescue them,” he said.
However, official of the state Ministry of Environment who spoke under anonymity, said the state government was on top of the situation as steps were already being taken towards addressing the problem.
He said state government under Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje had directed the clearing of all drainages in the city.
“I believe that what state government is doing now over the drainages will help to overcome this problem.”
The official appealed to residents of Kano to cooperate with state government efforts of dredging the drainages.