BY KHADIJAT O. MUSTAPHA, AUGUST 15, 2022 | 04:06 PM
Flooding has been one of the most disturbing issues every rainy season in Nigeria, leaving parts of the country largely affected.
We have had cases of flood in different parts of the country, with the Nigerian Meteorological Agency previously saying over 32 states are at the risk of flood.
The severest most recent flood which has been leaving people dead and homeless has been in parts of Jigawa State.
According to the Jigawa State Emergency Management Agency, 50 people, including a newborn, were killed in a building collapse due to heavy rain in different parts of the state.
Alhaji Yusuf Sani, the executive secretary of the agency, told The Guardian Newspaper that several houses were either damaged or destroyed, rendering several families homeless.
The tragedy occurred across the state at the beginning of the rainy season.
Sani explained that the displaced persons are currently taking refuge in 11 temporary camps in the state, while others stayed with their relatives, as the agency is making efforts to open more camps to accommodate the victims.
According to him, the agency has been providing the victims, including those staying with their relatives, with items and other basic needs.
He noted that the worst hit areas are Kafinhausa and Balangu villages, all in Kafin-hausa Local Government Area of the state.
‘He said in Kafin-hausa, six people died, 68 hospitalized and 1,436 lost their houses, while in Balangu four people died and 238 lost their houses,’ Sani said.
The newborn baby died along with seven other members of his family following a building collapse in Kafin-hausa.
He stated that from the information they received, the number of deaths is close to ‘50 since the commencement of the rainy season.’
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