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FLOOD: We lost 515 houses – KSERA official

By AbdulSalam Muhammad

KANO—The Executive Secretary of Kano State Emergency Relief and Rehabilitation Agency, KSERA, Alhaji Ali  Bashir, Monday, confirmed that no fewer than 515 houses were lost to flood occasioned by heavy down pour between Friday and Sunday, in about seven local Government areas of the state.

In a chat with Vanguard, Ali Bashir said: “There are increased fears that the figure might rise due to another heavy rain recorded weekend, and we are doing our best to contain the tide.”

He noted that a team of enumerators had been dispatched alongside National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, officials to ascertain the correct figure, stressing that “the report would enable government take appropriate measure to cushion the effect on the affected people”.

Ali Bashir said all the eight local council areas of the municipality were affected, while Warawa, Dawakin- kudu and Dawakin Tofa local councils were also hit by the natural disaster.

National Metrological Agency had for now listed Kano as one of the 14 states in the Northern region that would likely witness torrential rain  with attendant flood in the next couple of weeks and event of the last few days seems to be confirming the prediction.

A torrential downpour that lasted four hours last Friday and Sunday left the state capital and adjourning local council areas flooded, essentially due to blocked drainages and bad environmental culture.

Several buried corpses unearthed by the rain had equally been reburied by officials of the state Environment ministry, while efforts were being made to fumigate the affected areas to forestall outbreak of diseases.


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