Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Masari on Monday confirmed that 44 lives were lost, while 20 people were missing in the overnight rainstorm that ravaged Katsina State border town of Jibia.
The rainstorm was said to have started about 11 pm on Sunday and lasted over two hours.
The governor, who made the disclosure at a press conference in Katsina, said he had never seen such a disaster in his life.
He said, “You need to go there, it was a real disaster. As of the time we left Jibia, no less than 44 people were confirmed dead while over 500 houses were completely damaged.
“I have informed the President about the incident and he has called to sympathise with the people.
“As a government, we shall find permanent solutions to the problem.
We know Jibia is a flood-prone area and we build drainage. But what happened was that instead of water to flow to the river through the drainage, water from the river was flowing back into the drainage, thereby causing the flooding during the rainstorm.
“We are going to redirect the water flow and I have passed out necessary instructions.
“We have also taken measures to ameliorate the sufferings of the victims.