Thursday, April 24, 2014

Flood: Five dead as Jigawa farmers beg for food

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Despite the claim by the Federal Government that it had done its best on the floods ravaging several states in Nigeria, thousands of flood victims in Jigawa State, like their counterparts in other states, http://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/101453-benue-flood-camps-run-out-of-food-camp-workers-say.html , are begging for food to save them from starvation.

The floods in Jigawa have left over five people dead, hundreds of thousands of houses submerged, and thousands of acres of farmland destroyed.

The floods have also caused a massive food shortage and led the farmers in the state to plead with the Federal Government to provide them with food to eat.

The Jigawa Government had declared that more than 400 thousand farmlands and 360 thousand houses were destroyed, in 18 of the 27 local government areas in the state.

Some of the farmers in Kiyawa and Jahun Local Government Areas, said they lost all their produce to the floods.

A maize farmer, Muhammadu Nagaji, said he lost four hectares of maize, millet and sorghum to the natural disaster.

Mr. Nagaji said the flood has created scarcity of foods and left the farmers starved because they lost their produce and have nothing to eat.

He said that he had cultivated more than 40 bags of maize and millet and could not harvest his farms due to the ravaging flood.

“The farm produce were wasted by the ravaging flood. I have nothing left,” Mr. Nagaji said.

Another farmer, Jamilu Isa, also complained about the situation. He described the flood as the worst in the last 30 years, adding that urgent measures were necessary to save the displaced persons from famine.

“We do not have food to eat and our farms have been destroyed,” he said. He begged the State and Federal Governments to come to their aid.  Commenting on the situation, Dahiru Madaki, the Chairman, Kiyawa local Government Council, said that five persons were killed and thousands of hectares of farmlands  lost to flood in the area.

Mr. Madaki said that the flood also destroyed houses and cut off the 47-km Kiyawa-Birnin-Kudu road.

He said that the council had spent N3.6 million on the provision of relief materials for distribution to the displaced persons, to cushion the effects of the flood.

“The flood caused colossal damages. We are facing dangers of possible food shortage,” Mr. Madaki said.

Also commenting, the Chairman of Jahun Local Government Area, Abdullah Harbo, said the council had procured five canoes to rescue families in about 20 villages, which were cut off by flood.

Mr. Harbo said the council had also constructed embankments and distributed 30 thousand bags of sand to check flooding in the area.

He listed Harbo-Sabuwa, Harbo-Tsohuwa, Gemu, Kawuri, Doguwa, Hayin-Gada, Gidan-Ganji, Gunka, Doro and Darai as some of the areas ravaged by the flood.

The chairman also said that flood has destroyed more than 70 per cent of farmlands in the area, adding that the situation exposed the communities to scarcity of food items.

Meanwhile, a Commissioner at the Public Complaints Commission, PCC, Muhammad Saidu, in charge of Jigawa, has called for food assistance to families displaced by flood in the state.

Mr. Saidu said that such assistance was necessary to ease the suffering of the flood displaced persons and guard against food crisis in the country.

“I am appealing to the state and federal governments, international donor agencies and wealthy individuals to assist flood victims in Ringim and other ravaged areas in the state,” Mr. Saidu said.

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