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Flood inundates Nigerian marketplace

  |   July 15, 2012 at 11:06 AM
MAKURDI, Nigeria, July 15 (UPI) -- A flash flood in Nigeria took at least one life when it gushed into a street market in the capital of Benue State, officials said.

A downpour lasting more than seven hours triggered the flood in the city of Makurdi where the Wurukum International Market was inundated, causing significant damage to vendors and killing a 15-year-old boy.

Leadership Newspapers in Abuja said Sunday that traders and their customers blamed the state government for the damage, claiming a better bridge or culvert around the market site has been needed for a long time.

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