Floods have destroyed more than 1,500 graves in the town of Mariga in central Nigeria, Niger state.
More than 500 graves were washed away by the flood in the last week alone.
The city’s chief imam, Alhassan Musa Na’ibi, told the BBC about 1,000 dismembered bodies had been reburied.
The floods followed heavy rains that had been falling in the area for days.
The imam said that the cemetery has never experienced such damage since it was established 500 years ago.
The cemetery is located near a river.
Residents said that the recent activities to extract gold from the graves have also made them vulnerable – as the ground has weakened.
Nigeria is experiencing its worst flood in a decade – affecting 29 of its 36 states.
Since the end of July, more than 300 people have been killed and more than 100,000 displaced.
Bridges and large farms were also destroyed.
Authorities say more flooding is expected in the coming weeks as heavy rains continue.
Source : ghananewss.com