39 die in Jigawa flood
In the last five months 39 people died following a flood, wind and rain storms that ravaged 13 local government areas of Jigawa state.
Flood killed 22 people in nine LGAs while rain and wind storms killed 17 people in five LGAs though, one of the LGAs suffered from both disaster.
The death as a result of the flood was largely due to canoe mishap, drowning and building collapsed while those that died in wind and rain storms were all trapped in building collapse.
A total 421 communities across, Ringim, Taura, Jahun, Miga, Auyo, Kafin Hausa, Kaugama, Kirikisima and Birnin Kudu LGAs were ravaged by the flood while Babura, Gwaram, Birnin Kudu, Dutse and Kiyawa LGAs suffered from rain and wind storms destruction.
The Executive Secretary of State Emmergency Management Agency (NEMA), Yusuf Sani Babura, confirmed the incident saying, over 68,000 hecters of farmlands had been destroyed in the flood that started about three weeks ago.
According to him, the flood was a result of over flowing of River Hadejia which has its source from Tiga and Challawa dams in Kano state adding, the flood had also affected three other LGAs that includes, Guri, Hadejia and Mallam Madori, “this bring the flood affected Local Government Areas in the state to 12. Statistics of affected cimmunities in the three other LGAs is yet to be compiled.
“A total of 39 people died in various natural disasters that hit Jigawa state from May to September,”