Flood destroys 350 houses, farmlands in Yobe, Sokoto


The Executive Secretary, Yobe State Emergency Management Agency, Alhaji Musa Jidawa, on Wednesday, said over 300 houses, farmlands and livestock had been destroyed by flood in Jakusko and Adaya communities of the state.He made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Damaturu, the state capital.

Jidawa said, “We received a report of over 250 houses destroyed in Jakusko and about 54 others in Adaya but no life was lost.The affected people are taking shelter with relations in the communities.”

He added that the state government had provided food, clothes and building materials to the victims to assist them resettle.

Jidawa said that the agency had embarked on enlightenment campaign, urging communities on waterways to vacate the water routes to avoid disaster.

He said, “There are early warning signals indicating flood in some states, including Yobe. We have, therefore, addressed flood prone communities to evacuate the water path.

“There are communities that have suffered flooding for many years; we are still calling on these communities to leave the waterways.”

According to him, Ngelzarma, Jajere, Nangere, Buduwa, Nguru, Gashua, Damagum, Dapchi and some communities in Tarmuwa experience flooding almost every year.

Also, no fewer than 50 houses were destroyed on Tuesday in Bachaka Village in Gudu Local Government area of Sokoto State by flood caused by an early morning rainfall.

This was made known by Alhaji Sani Yakubu representing Gudu Constituency in the State House of Assembly.

Yakubu told journalists in Sokoto on Wednesday that the disaster was sequel to a downpour that lasted several hours in the village.

“The downpour affected no fewer than 300 households in the village. Although, no life was lost to the rainfall, the villagers lost domestic wares and foodstuffs stored in their silos,’’ Yakubu said.

The Director-General of the State Emergency Management Agency, Alhaji Hassan Maccido, told journalists that he would send a team of experts to the village to assess the extent of damage.

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