Govt Aids Jigawa Flood VictimsNigeria
Dutse — National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) assessment team weekend visited Yakasawa, Auramu Tsuhuwa, Siltilmawa, Gabarin villages, and Debi town all in Ringim local government area of jigawa state, which was devastated by flood last week.
The flood was caused by excess volume of water from Kano River.
NEMA officials described the plight of the victims as very sympathetic.
The head of the team, Alhaji Abdullahi Tukur, lamented that the flood wreaked havoc in the villages visited.
He added that the excess water which flooded many hectares of farmlands, destroyed crops, food items, animals and houses worth millions of naira.
"We came to see for ourselves what is happening with a view to assessing the extent the loss incurred by the victims to enable us advise the Federal Government on how they could be assisted," Tukur further explained.
He also disclosed that the team came with relief materials, bags of rice, beans, mats, mattresses blankets, tea, which would be distributed to the victims.
Tukur said though what they brought to the victims may not be enough for them, it will go along way in reducing their plight.
Some of the victims said they got relief materials from the state government, but their main problem was that they have nowhere to sleep as water has flooded their houses.
They complained that mat and mattresses meant for them did not reach them.
When contacted, the Special Assistant to Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido, on Relief Agency, Alhaji Lawan Garba Oliya, said, "no matter whatever government done to the victims in terms of assistant, some of them will complain."
He disclosed that the agency has provided them with adequate mats, tents, mattresses and water containers.
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