26 People Killed And 1000 Houses Destroyed In Kano As Flood Hits 4 LGA
In a statement issued on Friday, the Kano State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) announced that floods have claimed the lives of 26 people and destroyed nearly homes in four local government areas of the state since April.
Dr. Saleh Jili, the Executive Secretary of the Kano State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), confirmed the figures in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano.
According to Jili, 50 additional people were injured as a result of the flooding and storms.
Bunkure, Minjibir, Tarauni, and Doguwa are among the local government in areas that have been hit, according to him.
He stated that the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NiMet) had projected that flooding would occur in 25 local government areas of the state this year, which he said was confirmed.
In a statement, the SEMA director stated that his agency had traveled to the affected communities to express sympathy to them on behalf of the state government and that relief goods had been delivered to them to alleviate their pain.
According to him, among the supplies that were distributed were bags of cement, bags of rice, maize, millet, roofing sheets, and toiletries.
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and the state’s Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr. Muntari Ishaq, were both thanked by the agency’s Executive Secretary, who expressed gratitude for their help.
He appealed to charitable organizations and wealthy individuals to contribute to the relief efforts for the victims.
“Our economy is suffering as a result of COVID-19; the government cannot solve the problem alone,” he stated.
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Jili also called on those who live near rivers and ponds in the state to leave their homes for a one- to two-month period to prevent flooding.
“If the rivers and ponds are overflowing with water, please evacuate your residences,” the SEMA director told residents.
The governor also called on citizens of the state to empty the drains in front of their homes to avoid floods.
“I urge individuals who have not yet been touched by the flood to do everything they can to avoid being affected by it by draining their drainage systems, collecting refuge, and transporting it to the right location,” he said in a statement.
Mr. Jili went on to say that the agency will not give up on its efforts to secure the safety of people and their property.