Floods ravage 225 communities in Kano, Jigawa
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said flooding in Kano and Jigawa state affected at least 225 communities spread across 31 local government areas.
NEMA Territorial Office Coordinator in Kano, Dr. Nuradden Abdullahi, said this during a briefing to reporters in Kano on Saturday.
NEMA has called on residents and stakeholders to take appropriate proactive measures to prevent the ongoing floods that are ravaging various communities.
Mr Abdullahi said heavy and prolonged rains since July had led to severe and widespread flooding in many communities in northern Nigeria.
It is worth recalling that a few days ago, downpours ravaged several communities in Kano and Jigawa states, resulting in the loss of lives and property worth millions of naira.
Abdullahi said, based on the NEMA assessment report, “floods have so far affected 225 communities in 31 local government areas in Kano and Jigawa states,” adding that they have resulted in the widespread destruction of homes, infrastructure, displacement of people and loss of crops and livestock.
According to him, the 31 local government areas concerned include Tudun Wada, Doguwa, Kibiya, Kiru, Gwale Danbatta, Bagwai, Ajingi, Albasu, Shanono, Tsanyawa, Rimin Gado and Dawakin Kudu Local Government Areas of Kano State.
Others include Kafin hausa, Malam madori, Hadejia, Guri, Kirikasamma, Kaugama, Babura, Gwaram, Dutse, Gwiwa, maiigatari, Gumel, Birniwa, Jahun, Miga, Kiyawa and Birnin Kudu LocalGovernment Areas of Jigawa State.
“Recall that earlier this month, NiMet DG at a press briefing said above normal rainfall is expected in 19 northern states including Kano and Jigawa between August and September 2022.
He called on states to step up mitigation, adaptation and response mechanisms.
The NEMA coordinator also advised residents to heed early warning signals and continue to clear drainage systems and channels to facilitate the passage of floodwaters.