At least 50 people have died in floods across communities in Jigawa State, authorities revealed on Saturday.
Sani Yusuf, the Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Jigawa State, told journalists the floods had destroyed thousands of homes in the state.
The floods have also forced many Jigawa residents to take refuge in places like government buildings.
“We have so many displaced persons, about 11 temporary camps. In Balangu alone, 237 houses have been damaged and they are now living in a temporary camp,” Yusuf said.
“Four people also died in that same village, after the six in Kafin Hausa. So, when you go around the state, we lost about 50 people to the flood now. Even yesterday, seven people from the same family died.”
Sadiya Umar, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, described the flood in Jigawa as a perennial problem.
“This incident is particularly sad because it has become perennial. This is causing serious damage to schools, houses and the livelihood of the people,” Umar said on Saturday.
“Upon receiving this unfortunate news, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management to activate the National Emergency Management Agency to respond and provide the necessary support to the affected persons.”
The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency had predicted floods in March 2021 and told states to work towards avoiding such disasters.
Badaru Abubakar, the Jigawa State Governor, also said the floods had caused so much trauma to Jigawa State residents.
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