Flood dis­places thou­sands in Ji­gawa

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Aliyu M. Ha­m­agam, Dutse

Flood has ren­dered thou­sands of fam­i­lies across 16 lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas of Ji­gawa State home­less, Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary of the State Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (SEMA), Yusuf Sani Babura said yesterday.

Speak­ing with Daily Trust in Dutse, Babura said the flood dis­as­ter was as a re­sult of heavy rain­fall and over flow­ing of Ga­madugu river.

He said respite has started com­ing the way of vic­tims, as the state gover­nor, Mo­hammed Badaru Abubakar, ap­proved the sum of N7 mil­lion for re­lief pack­age for vic­tims ear­lier iden­ti­fied from seven out of the af­fected ar­eas.

“Over 27,000 per­sons lost their houses as a re­sult of flood that wreaked havoc in 16 lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas of Ji­gawa State. We are still com­pil­ing our data on all af­fected ar­eas. So far, this is the record at hand as we are still await­ing more in­for­ma­tion from our staff in the field. Re­lief will be ex­tended to other vic­tims as soon as the data is com­piled,” he said.

He added that a to­tal of 1, 789 vic­tims ben­e­fited from the re­lief pack­age, say­ing his agency came up with a new pol­icy of ex­tend­ing re­lief to vic­tims in form of cash in­stead of dis­tri­bu­tion of ma­te­ri­als.

Babura fur­ther ar­gued that the wis­dom for giv­ing cash was to avoid con­fin­ing the vic­tims to only the ma­te­ri­als do­nated by gov­ern­ment, adding that with the money they could go for what they need.

The widow, Mrs Di­natu Elisha (3rd left); Her sis­ter, Mrs Rhoda David, and Zonal Com­man­der, Fed­eral Road Safety Com­mis­sion, Bauchi State, Mr Luka Ikpi, dur­ing the fu­neral of Road Mar­shal In­spec­tor, Mr Elisha Ilah, in Bauchi yesterday. Photo NAN

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