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SEMA: 50 residents killed, houses destroyed by heavy rainfall in Jigawa

No fewer than 50 people have been killed and many displaced by flood in Jigawa.

This was disclosed in a statement by Sani Yusuf, executive secretary, Jigawa State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) on Sunday.

Yusuf said the flood also destroyed thousands of houses, adding that this had forced many residents to seek refuge in government buildings.

According to him, some of the victims are from Balangu village, where over 237 houses were submerged and four people killed, adding that the State government recorded so many numbers of displaced persons in about 11 temporary camps.

The executive secretary said some of the residents displaced by the heavy rainfall are currently taking refuge at the houses of relatives while others at the 11 temporary camps across the state.

“There is a camp around Kafinhausa that accommodates over 1,000 displaced persons,” he added.

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“Some have over 300, so I cannot tell you the exact number because we are still taking people there.

“Maybe by tomorrow or so I can tell you the exact number of people affected.

“As I was telling you, the disaster occurred in all the 27 LGAs because it’s a matter of rainfall and we had rain for good three days in Jigawa nonstop. So all the 27 LGAs are affected.

“So our personnel are already in the remaining 21 LGAs taking assessment and as soon as we receive the report, we will forward it to NEMA and donor organisations for intervention.”

He advised people in the State, especially those close to River bank, to relocate to a safer place as NiMet had predicted more flooding in some parts of the north, including Jigawa.

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