20 dead and about 50,000 houses destroyed in Jigawa flood

The Jigawa State Emergency and Management Agency (SEMA) has announced that 20 persons have died while about fifty thousand houses and farmlands destroyed due to the flood that ravaged the state.

Speaking with Newsmen in Dutse, the Executive Secretary of the agency, Mr Yusuf Sani Babura, said that the annual flood affected 17 out of the 27 local government areas of the state.

Babura said that the flood has thrown communities into chaos, adding that the death involved mostly children as a result of building collapse.

He said:

“Annual flood has destroyed 50,000 houses while farmlands were submerged crops include maize, millet, guinea corn and rice perished in most of the LGA’s of the state as a result of a heavy downpour occurred last week”.

According to Babura, the Jigawa State Government has directed the agency to as a matter of urgency provide relief materials to the affected communities.

He said that the affected victims have temporarily relocated to various schools, mosques and relatives houses.

Babura noted that relief materials were provided to the victims, including assorted food items, medicines, beddings, canoes and temporary shelter, adding that the government is doing it’s best to avert the situation to other parts of the state.

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