NIGERIA. Jigawa State: As flood-ravaged some communities in some parts of Jigawa State, Northwestern Nigeria and more than 50 persons have been reported killed and over 230 houses submerged, the Executive Secretary, Jigawa State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Alhaji Yusuf Sani Babura has disclosed.
Babura also added that the incident has also displaced thousands of others who are taking refuge in about 11 different temporary camps across the state.
“We have so many displaced persons about 11 temporary camps. In Balance alone, 237 houses have been damaged and they are now living in a temporary camp. Four people also died in that same village, after the six in Kafin Hausa. So, when you go around the state we lost about 50 people to the flood now. Even yesterday, seven people from the same family died,” Babura said.
For its part, the Federal Government, through Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Saiya Umar, visited the state commensurate with the victims of the incident where she ordered the distribution of relief materials.
“This incident is particularly sad because it has become perennial. This is causing serious damage to schools, houses, and the livelihood of the people,” she said.
Upon receiving this unfortunate news, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management to activate the National Emergency Management Agency to respond and provide the necessary support to the affected persons.
According to the Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar, the Jigawa State government and its people are very thankful to the Federal Government for its quick response. And frown at how the flood has caused the people of Jigawa serious trauma and hope that the Federal Government will continue to extend a hand of support to the state when the need arises.