Kano

Flood: 26 killed, 1000 houses destroyed in Kano within three months

Author:
Vivian Chime

Saleh Jili, the executive secretary, Kano State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), said severe flooding has killed 26 people and destroyed over 1,000 houses in four LGAs from April to date.

Jili told NAN on Friday that 50 other persons sustained injuries due to the flood and windstorm that affected Bunkure, Minjibir, Tarauni, and Doguwa LGAs.

He said the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NiMet) had earlier predicted that there would be flooding in 25 LGAs of the state this year.

He said the agency had visited the affected areas to sympathise with the victims on behalf of the state government and distribute relief materials to them to alleviate their suffering.

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“The items distributed included bags of cement, bags of rice, maize, millet, roofing sheets, and toiletries,’’ he said.

He called on donor agencies and wealthy individuals to assist in supporting the victims.

Jili also called on those living close to rivers and ponds in the state to vacate the areas while advising that residents should clear the drainages in front of their houses to prevent flooding

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“Our economy is down due to COVID-19; the government cannot do it alone,’’ he said.

“If the rivers and ponds are over filled with water, please vacate your houses. I urge those who are not yet affected by the flood to do everything possible to prevent it by clearing their drainages, collecting refuge, and taking it to the appropriate place.”

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