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FLOODS LEAVE 50 DEAD IN JIGAWA, OVER 1,000 HOMELESS

50 people have died with many displaced as floods hit different parts of Jigawa State following heavy downpours.

The Executive Secretary, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Sani Yusuf, who disclosed this to newsmen said the flood destroyed thousands of homes in the state.

Sani said the displaced persons were currently taking refuge in 11 temporary camps, while others stayed with their relatives, as SEMA was making efforts to open camps to accommodate the victims.

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He added that the agency had been providing the victims, including those staying with their relatives, with items and other basic needs.

“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.

The worst hit areas are villages, in Kafinhausa Local Government Area of the state.

According to the report given, in Kafinhausa, six people died, 68 hospitalised and 1,436 lost their houses, while in Balangu four people died and 238 lost their houses.

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“From the report we have, if you combine the number is getting to 50 since the commencement of the rainy season,” the Executive Secretary said.

Sani said he could not immediately give the exact number of communities and people affected by the disaster in the state because the personnel of the agency was still assessing the level of damage and compiling a list of the victims.

He however said there is a camp around Kafinhausa that accommodates over 1,000 displaced persons.

Meanwhile, NEMA has begun the distribution of relief items to the victims in the six most affected LGAs of Hadejia, Kirikasamma, Kafinhausa, Birniwa, Kaugama, and Malammadori.

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