The Nigerian Red Cross Society, NRS, has renovated 12 houses owned by victims of the 2020 flood disaster in Bindawa Local Government Area, LGA, Katsina State, according to Aliyu Idris, NRS branch chairman.
Mr Idris told the News Agency of Nigeria in Katsina, on Tuesday, that the NRS renovated the buildings through the support of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS.
He said the houses would be handed over to the owners before the end of October, in addition to four boreholes also renovated in the local government.
He further said that the society had also donated relief materials, such as food and non-food items to 100 affected flood victims in the area.
”The items distributed include; rice, millets, maize, beans, palm oil and palm kernel, bathroom slippers, panties as well as blankets, in addition to cups, buckets, detergents, towels, sanitary pads, mats and soaps.
He further said that the victims assisted, especially those whose houses were renovated, were selected based on the visibility studies conducted by volunteers across the LGA.
“Our volunteers cut across all LGAs and are on ground to assess the victims. It is based on that we selected the poorest amongst them, to rebuild their houses.
“The gesture couldn’t come earlier than now due to the surge of COVID-19 across the world,” the chairman said.
He added that the 100 beneficiaries were women and men of different ages and that due to financial constraints, the society could not reach out to all the victims.