Jigawa flood: Ringim’s Emir palace taken over as death toll rises to 70
The palace of a first-class Emir of Ringim in Jigawa State has been flooded following continuous rainfall in the state.
The Guardian reports that residents of Ringim in Ringim Local Council have raised the alarm over persistent flooding that wreaked havoc in the community.
A resident, Halilu Khalidu, said the incident was exacerbated by the overflowing of the Rafin-Kainuwa stream, which is a few metres from the official residence of the emir.
“The Emir had on several occasions appealed to Governor Muhammad Abubakar, who is a traditional title holder in the palace to rescue the palace and the neighbourhood.
“We are in serious danger, as you can see the water has already taken over our house, you can see all buildings made of mud have collapsed while the concrete ones are cracked,” Khalidu added.
MEANWHILE, the death toll has risen to 70 as affected victims cried out over alleged negligence by government and private individuals.
Executive Secretary of Jigawa State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Sani Yusuf, told The Guardian that about 2,051 people have been displaced in Karnaya village in Dutse, the state capital.
On the complaints by affected victims, Sani said: “The state is planning to relocate 404 mothers with their children, numbering about 1,334 to the Warwade Internally Displaced Camp, while 313 men will continue to live at the primary school in the village, until the flood subsides.
“We have forwarded a report to the federal government because this problem is beyond our capacity.
“We need serious intervention. As I’m talking to you now more towns are becoming flooded and multiple bridges have completely collapsed. Drivers should be very careful while driving.”
The Guardian learnt that a large proportion of the relief materials reportedly dispatched by the Minister of Humanitarians and Disaster Management were yet to be disbursed to the state flood disaster for unknown reasons.
Findings also showed that most of the items were stored in different locations.