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Jigawa: Flood claims lives, renders many homeless

By Dahiru Suleiman, Dutse
05 August 2022   |   2:42 am
Many families have been rendered homeless and many lives lost as a result of flooding following heavy downpours in Jigawa State.

(FILES) Flooded road. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

Many families have been rendered homeless and many lives lost as a result of flooding following heavy downpours in Jigawa State.

The Guardian learnt that many public buildings were submerged in 13 local councils and Dutse, the state capital.

Areas mostly affected are: Hadejia, Gwaram, Malam- Madori, Guri, Kiri-Kasamma, Balangu, and Kafin Hausa local councils.

Others are Auyo, Babura, Birnin-Kudu, Ringim, and Jahun.

In Kiri-Kasamma Local Council, seven people were killed, five in Bulangu and 11 in Kafin Hausa local councils respectively.

Contacted, Executive Secretary of the state’s Emergency Relief Management Agency, Alhaji Sani Yusuf Babura , said the disaster affected several local councils.

He explained that three people died in Likori town, two in Kira village of Kiri Kasamma Local Council, while seven people sustained injuries and were admitted in Hadejia General Hospital.

Alhaji Babura added that another two people died in Bulangu town at Kafin Hausa Local Council, while several houses, livestock, foodstuff and farm produce worth millions of naira were destroyed at Ayama, Jura and Kafin Hausa towns of Auto and Kafin Hausa Local Council.

He said: “I’m presently in Abuja, but report at my disposal indicated that it is not only flood, but houses were massively collapsed in almost all the parts of Jigawa State.

“I was told that there has been rainfall for two days now. As I’m talking to you, many towns and villages are submerged.

“I can’t tell you the extend of damages now because rain is still falling, and this is for almost three days now. But when the rain stops we will dispatch our people to take inventory.”

MEANWHILE, The Guardian learnt that 13 people lost their lives within three weeks in the state as a result of flooding.

Six people were earlier reported dead in Kafin Hausa town, while over 13,000 houses were destroyed and thousand hectares of farmlands lost to flood.