Flood renders thousands homeless in JigawaNigeria
HEAVY flooding caused by excessive release of water from the Tiga Dam has destroyed houses and farms belonging to thousands of Jigawa residents in the villages along the Tiga River bank and displaced them from their homes.
The development came on the heels of another flood caused by heavy downpour that displaced many residents of Jahun in Jahun Local Council as their buildings and property were destroyed.
When The Guardian visited the flooded Jigawa villages, hundreds of desperate residents, comprising women and children, were scampering for safety with very few of their personal belongings rescued from the debris of their collapsed houses
Village settlements affected include Yakasawa, Tsohuwar Auramo, Gabarin along Chei-Chei Ringim road. The people of Yakasawa Village were ordered to immediately leave the area to safer locations.
A victim, Hajia Umma Ali, mother of six children, could not hold back tears when she told The Guardian about the damage caused by the flood.
Ummah said her eight sheep and goats have been lost to the flood.
The Jigawa State government, after its bi-weekly executive council meeting, promised to declare a state of emergency on the affected areas.
At a press briefing, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Dr. Aminu Abdullahi, said the government had started evacuating the victims to the hinterlands as an interim measure to douse the effect of the flood.
According to Abdullahi, the affected victims would temporarily be camped in schools that would serve as shelters before the government finishes sorting out the other measures to be adopted to alleviate their suffering.
“The flooding was as a result of excessive release of water from the Tiga Dam in Kano that passed through to the tributary rivers in the state, thereby causing damages to farm lands and houses in the areas”, the SSG stated.
He disclosed that the Federal Government had been alerted on the issue while the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) had been directed to immediately render all necessary assistance to the victims.
A committee, which is made up of the Commissioners for Works, Lands and Housing, Rural Infrastructure, Water, Health and Education, has also been set up to investigate the root cause of the calamity and advise the state on measures to be taken to avert the incident.
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