Jigawa State Government has disclosed that death toll as a result of Monday’s flood has risen to 18, as many homes are no longer habitable and farmlands destroyed.
Speaking to Channels Television via a phone interview, the Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr Sani Yusuf, said the Government is providing an emergency aid to those affected, such as food, medicine, and a temporary shelter.
Mr Yusuf added that: “In places where they are not accessible because of too much water, we give them canoes so that they can have access to the outside world.”
The affected areas include Buji, Taura, Jahun, Babura, Ringim, Dutse, Birnin Kudu, Miga, Kafin-Hausa, Auyo, Gwaram, Malam-Madori, Birniwa and Kaugama Local Government Areas.
Reacting, one of the flood victims, Malam Umar Dahiru, who lost his house to the flood, said the heavy downpour began on a Saturday night, lamenting that “Luckily enough, all my children were out of the house when the whole building collapsed. We lost everything including our food and clothes. I am calling on the government to help us. I am not the only one, even food to eat is now difficult to find,” Umar lamented.
Also, Hama Auwalu, a widow who is now living in her neighbour’s house called on the State Government to come to their aid.
“We have about 13 rooms in this house, but none is now habitable. My husband died, we don’t have money. We also don’t even have food to eat. We are now living in our neighbour’s house. Please, we need urgent help from the government,” she said.