Flood sub­merges Maid­uguri IDPs camp

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Shehu Abubakar, Maid­uguri

Flood re­sult­ing from a down­pour has sub­merged 35 flats at Bakassi In­ter­nally Dis­placed Per­sons (IDP) camp in Maid­uguri and IDPs oc­cu­py­ing five of the worst af­fected flats trapped for sev­eral hours.

Malam Goni Muk­tar, one of the vic­tims of the flood, said they lost most of their be­long­ings to the flood, adding, “So many snakes came out of their holes. We killed eight snakes al­though they were not able to bite any of us. The flood washed the dirt in the camp into our rooms. Till date, peo­ple can­not sleep in the rooms be­cause ev­ery­where is cold.

“Ve­hi­cles can­not drive into the camp now. We were fish­ing our prop­er­ties from the flood. Ev­ery­where was sub­merged. Ar­tic­u­lated ve­hi­cles of the con­struc­tion com­pany work­ing in the camp are mak­ing mat­ters worse. Wher­ever they pass, the area be­comes muddy.”

Con­firm­ing the in­ci­dent, Chair­man of the State Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (SEMA), En­gi­neer Ahmed Al­haji Satomi said his agency re­sponded im­me­di­ately there was alarm that the camp was flooded.

“I am not aware of the is­sue of snakes. But we con­firm that as­pect of the in­ci­dent; we shall send our men to spray anti-snakes im­me­di­ately. We have that ca­pac­ity. We have since told the con­struc­tion com­pany to stop work un­til the place is dried up. You should also take note that only five of the af­fected flats were oc­cu­pied by IDPs. All the other af­fected flats were empty,” he said.

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