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Over 100 dead in Nigeria floods

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At least 102 people were killed when a dam burst in torrential rain and flooding in south-west Nigeria, a local Red Cross official said on Wednesday.

"The death toll for now ... is 102," said Umar Mairiga, disaster management coordinator for the Nigerian Red Cross Society.

He said the Eleyele dam collapsed and several bridges were swept away at the weekend after heavy rains fell for more than seven hours around the university town of Ibadan 150km north of the economic capital Lagos.

Local residents were swept away by the water after their homes crumbled in the flood waters while others tried to scramble to safety, Mairiga said.

An official of the National Emergency Management Agency (Nema) said the drains in the town were blocked by rubbish which meant the water could not escape normally.

Seven of Ibadan's eight districts were affected, displacing many residents, Mairiga said.

"We have over 80 families in a primary school," he said, while other displaced persons had left shelters to seek refuge with family and friends.

Regional and national emergency bodies had distributed food, blankets, mattresses and rubber mats to affected families, the Red Cross official said.

Rainy seasons Flooding occurs each rainy season in Nigeria, though emergency officials have warned of particularly intense rains this year. The rainy season typically runs from around April to September.