Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Flood displaces 11,500 people in Kano, Jigawa – NEMA

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Over 10 thousand of the victims were displaced in Kano.

Floods in Jigawa and Kano states have displaced 11,500 people from their homes, the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, said on Sunday.

The North-West Zonal Coordinator of the agency, Musa Ilallah, who spoke while relief materials were distributed to the victims in Ringim, Jigawa State, said no fewer than 10 thousand people were displaced in Kano, while another 1,500 persons were affected in Kano.

Jigawa victims, he said, were being camped at the Junior Arabic Secondary School, Ringim, pointing out that the agency would also open a camp for those displaced by flood that ravaged two local government areas in Sokoto State recently.

“For now, we have camps only in Kano and Jigawa states for displaced persons in this zone,’’ he said, adding that he was in Jigawa State for assessment and to distribute relief materials to the victims.

He said the items distributed were not compensation for the lost property, but assistance to reduce the sufferings of the victims. Items distributed include 50 bags of rice, 50 bags of maize, 550 bags of guinea corn, 50 bags of millet, as well as 200 pieces each of blankets, mosquito nets, mats and pieces of textile materials.

The Chairman of Ringim Local Government, Murtala Abubakar, appealed to the Federal and Jigawa governments to intervene by tackling the flooding in the area. Mr. Abubakar said that flooding had become an annual occurrence in the last 11 years, particularly in Yakasawa and Centrimawa communities.

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