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Flood devastates Jigawa villages

By Tina Akannam

Only a few days ago, they were landlords in their own right.  Some were wives of landlords and others their children.

Then a rainfall. And in a matter of hours, flood came, taking over what used to be home.  That is the story of thousands of residents of at least 25 villages in Ringim Local Government Area of Jigawa State who have been rendered homeless by the flood that followed recent rainfall in the area.

Affected were Dabi, Yakasawa, Tudu, Waro, Dutsin, Dingare, Wailare, Lanyoyal, Tsungurand Gabarin, Gujaba Gallamawai, Dusukum, Yandutse and Madachi.

But Yakasawa Kwari appears to be the worst hit after the entire village was washed away by the rampaging water.

They are located along the banks of River Hadejia, stretching over 25 square kilometers.

Only the lucky ones were able to retrieve some of their personal belongings before the damage done by the floods. Goods, mainly livestock and crops estimated at billions of Naira were washed away. Serving as their temporary home are schools in surrounding villages. The state’s deputy governor, Alhaji Ahmed Mohammed visited the displaced people on behalf of Governor Sule Lamido and announced that government had set up a committee to ascertain the level of destruction and proffer solution to avert a reoccurrence.

Government, according to him would revisit the planned relocation of the villages while the Federal Government has been contacted for assistance.

The Emir of Ringim, Alhaji Sayyadi Mahmoud Abubakar, while receiving the deputy Governor in his palace, urged the Government to take drastic and urgent measures with a view to saving the lives and property of the people.

He told the deputy Governor that the area had always been at the mercy of flood, saying however that the one of this year was most devastating, and commended the State and Ringim Local Governments for their timely and quick response which he said had contributed in minimizing the loss especially that of human and animals.


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