Flood killed 134, destroyed N1.5trn property in Jigawa – Govt

Gabriel Ewawoche

The Jigawa State Government has said at least 134 persons have died while properties worth over N1.5 trillion have been lost to the recurring flooding in the state.

The Deputy Governor, who is also the acting governor of the state, Alhaji Umar Namadi, stated this when he hosted the United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) chief of the field office of Kano, Katsina, and Jigawa states, Rahman Rihub Mahmud Fara, on Saturday.

He said the water is going towards the east of the state saying two local governments, Kirikasamma and Birniwa, are on the danger list.

Namadi said the flood affected 272,189 people and 76,887 lost their houses, adding that one village was completely destroyed and a local government totally cut away from the rest of the state by road, just as 22 roads and 11 bridges were washed away by the water.

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He advised that dams should be maintained, lamenting that they had been blocked by sand which needs to be evacuated.

He appealed to the federal government and other development partners, including UNICEF to come to the aid of the state.

On his part, Fara said his team came to assess the situation and to see what can be done to alleviate the suffering of the affected communities.

He then emphasized the need for both the Jigawa State and UNICEF to work together when it comes to emergency preparedness, and response planning in the years ahead, as flooding has become perennial in the state.

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