SEMA confirms flood claimed 50 lives, displaced others in Jigawa State


Not less than 50 persons have been confined dead as others were displaced due to flood, according to the Jigawa State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).

The Executive Secretary of SEMA in the state, Sani Yusuf, who made this known while briefing newsmen in Dutse, said the flood also destroyed thousands of houses in the state.

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According to Yusuf, the situation has forced many Jigawa residents to take refuge in other places including government buildings.

It was gathered that the state government accommodated many displaced persons in 11 temporary camps.

Some of the victims are from Balangu village where no fewer than 237 houses were submerged under water and destroyed with four people dead.

“We have so many displaced persons in about 11 temporary camps. In Balangu alone, 237 houses have been damaged and the occupants are now living in a temporary camp,” Yusuf said.

“Four people also died in that same village, after the six in Kafin Hausa. So, when you go around the state, we lost about 50 people to the flood now. Even yesterday (Saturday), seven people from the same family died.”


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