Yusuf Sani, the Executive Secretary of Jigawa State Emergency Management Agency, (SEMA) has disclosed that the death toll in Jigawa flood has risen to twenty.
Sani stated that those affected were mostly children as a result of a collapsed building caused by an intensive rainfall.
In his further explanation, Sani said the flood displaced over 50,000 families, and thousands of farmlands were submerged as well, which has resulted in the agency providing emergency relief to the affected victims, who now reside temporarily inside mosques, primary schools and relatives’ houses.
“We were providing all the necessary emergency reliefs to the affected victims, including, food, medicine, sugar, canoes and temporary shelter,” he said.
In his reaction, the Jigawa State Governor, Muhammad Badaru Abubakar expressed deep concern over the flood that ravaged some parts of the state, killing many people and destroying thousands of houses and farmlands.
Abubakar’s remark was contained in a press statement signed by his Special Advisor on New Media, Auwalu D. Sankara, in which he sympathized with families of those who lost their lives and those that lost their belongings in the flood.
The Governor through the statement also directed the State Emergency Management Agency to conduct an assessment tour to ascertain the level of damages done in order to minimize the suffering of the victims.