Nigeria: 50 dead, many displaced due to floods in Jigawa

“When you go around [Jigawa State]we lost about 50 people in the flood,” Yusuf told reporters on camera Sunday from Dutse town, which was carried by local media.

Yusuf said at least 237 houses were damaged in the Balangu area alone, forcing people into temporary camps. Eleven temporary camps have been set up for the displaced, he said.

Nigeria’s Federal Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Farouq, also recently visited Jigawa State to distribute relief materials, the Federal Ministry tweeted.

“This incident is particularly sad because it has become perennial. It is causing serious damage to schools, homes and people’s livelihoods,” Farouq told reporters on camera.

Farouq said Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management to activate the National Emergency Management Agency to provide necessary support to those affected by the floods.
The flooding comes after days of severe thunderstorms that caused flash flood warnings from the Nigerian Meteorological Agency.
Many parts of Jigawa are vulnerable to flooding after torrential rains. Earlier in August, around seven people died and dozens of buildings were destroyed following flooding caused by heavy rains in seven districts in the northeast of the Nigerian state.
Last year, more than 120 families were displaced in the state’s Guri district when their homes were submerged in floods after a heavy downpour.

“No quick fix”

Water Resources Minister Suleiman Adamu, who is also from Jigawa, told local media two years ago that there were no quick fixes to the state’s flood problem, and even funding couldn’t stop him.

“Desilting a river is not a solution to flooding, it’s a temporary solution, it takes a lot of money. If all the budgets of the federal government and Jigawa State are combined to desilt the Hadejia River, we we can’t achieve that,” Adamu said, adding that, “There are no short-term measures to stop the floods, but we can mitigate and give an early warning.”


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