Nigeria: 50 dead, many forced to flee their homes due to flooding in Jigawa

“When you walk around [Jigawa State]we lost about 50 people due to the flood,” Yusuf told reporters on Sunday on camera from the city of Dutse, which was broadcast by local media.

Yusuf said that at least 237 houses were damaged in the Balangu area alone, forcing people to live in makeshift camps. According to him, 11 temporary camps have been set up for displaced persons.

Federal Minister for Humanitarian Affairs Sadia Farooq also recently visited Jigawa State to distribute humanitarian materials, the federal ministry said. tweeted.

“This incident is especially unfortunate because it has become permanent. This is causing serious damage to schools, homes and people’s livelihoods,” Farouk told reporters on camera.

Farooq said Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari had instructed the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management activate National Emergency Management Agency provide assistance to flood victims.
The floods come after days of severe thunderstorms that have caused flash flood warnings from the Nigerian Meteorological Agency.
Many areas of Jigawa are vulnerable to flooding after heavy rains. Earlier in Augustabout seven people were killed and dozens of buildings were destroyed as a result of flooding due to heavy rains in seven districts in the north-east of the state of Nigeria.
Last year, over 120 families were displaced in the Guri district of the state when their houses were flooded after heavy rain.

“No Quick Solution”

Minister of Water Resources Suleiman Adamu, also from Jigawa. told local media two years ago, there were no quick fixes to the state’s flooding problem, and even funding couldn’t curb it.

“Draining the river is not a solution to the flood problem, it is a temporary solution, it requires a lot of money. If all the budgets of the federal government and the state of Jigawa are combined to desalinate the Khadeja River, we will not be able to achieve this,” Adamu said. adding that: “There are no short-term measures to stop the flooding, but we can mitigate the effects and give early warning.”

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