Flood submerges Maiduguri IDPs camp
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.