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50 die, thousands of homes destroyed in Jigawa flood

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At least 50 people have died while many displaced as flood ravaged parts of Jigawa State.

The Executive Secretary, State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Sani Yusuf, told journalists in Dutse, the flood destroyed thousands of homes in the state.

He stated that the situation forced Jigawa residents to take refuge in other places, which include government buildings.

“We have so many displaced persons about 11 temporary camps. In Balangu alone 237 houses have been damaged and they are now living in a temporary camp,” the commissioner.

“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.”

In their visit to the state, the minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Umar, and the director general National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Mustapha Habib, to provide succour to the victims.

The minister said her mission to the state was based on President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to provide the necessary support to the flood-ravaged victims.

The minister said, “This incident is particularly sad because it has become perennial. This is causing serious damage to schools, houses, and the livelihood of the people.

“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.”

The state governor, Badaru Abubakar, said the flood had caused so much trauma to the victims.

He expressed hope that the government’s intervention will cushion the effect on the people.

“The latest incident happened four to five days ago and already relief materials are on the ground. We have seen the kind of support we received during the COVID-19 pandemic and all afflictions. You are always apt and on time to support our people. We can’t thank you enough,” the governor added.

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