Flood kills 25, washes 3,500 houses, 2,000 farmlands in Bauchi

By Rukayat Akanbi

Bauchi State Government has said that 25 people have died while over 3,500 houses and more than 2,500 farmlands have been washed away by flood. The Deputy Governor, Baba Tela made this known while briefing officials of the National Emergency Management Agency on level of destruction caused by 2020 flooding in the State. He said that: “In Bauchi, out of our 20 local government areas, about 16 LGAs have been devastated with flooding.

I have visited about five of them (LGAs) and I have seen the level of destruction. Out of these places, over 3,500 houses destroyed, over 2,500 farmlands have been washed away. This is an indication of looming hunger. “Sadly, we lost about 25 lives. We have about 17 people who were injured, received treatment and returned home. In all, the worth of the amount lost to the destroyed houses, farmlands is about N950million. This is not a small amount of money as compare to lean resources of government. The amount does not include infrastructure that the government must put in in those places.”

Baba Tela commended NEMA and Ministry of Humanitarian and Disaster Management for donating over 250 trucks of food items to the affected citizens. NEMA Director General, AVM Muhammadu Alhaji Muhammed (Rtd.) urged the State to be at alert as more local governments are prone to flood. He said, this year, Zaki, Alkaleri, Bauchi, Jama’are, Itas/Gadau, Tafawa Balewa, Shira, Ganjuwa, Kirfi and Bogoro would experience more flooding.

Flood had ravaged Dambam, Gamawa, Jama’are, Warji, Darazo, Itas/Gadau, Alkaleri, Shira and Zaki LGAs where lives were lost. NEMA DG who was represented by Director Agency Services, Bashir Idris Garba urged the State to intensify efforts in mitigating subsequent disaster and empower and equip State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).

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