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Floods damage 50 houses in Sokoto

Sokoto –   Flash floods have hit no fewer than 50 houses in Tangaza  and Goronyo Local Government Areas of  Sokoto State.

The 25 of the houses damaged on Monday were in Keta village of Goronyo Local Government Area after a down pour.

The Chairman of the local government council, Alhaji Faruk ‘Yar-Rimawa, who confirmed the development, said no life was lost in the flooding.

“The victims are now squatting in a primary school in the area. They lost most of their property in the disaster.

“We have assisted them with millet and rice and a committee will be set up to recommend further assistance.

“We will do everything humanly possible to make them comfortable. We are making arrangements to inform the State Government and NEMA about their predicament”, ‘Yar-Rimawa said.

The flooding that accompanied four days of rain had destroyed 25 houses at Gidan-Madi, the headquarters of Tangaza Local Government Area.

Its chairman, Alhaji Sahabi Gidan-Madi, who confirmed this, however, said that no life was lost as a result of the disaster.

Gidan-Madi said the victims were now squatting with their neighbours and relatives in the town.

The chairman also said a committee had been set up to ascertain the extent of the damage caused by the flood and recommend necessary actions to be taken by the authorities.

Gidan-Madi also said that the local government had assisted the victims with maize, rice and millet.

The Director-General of the Sokoto Emergency Management Agency, Alhaji Hassan Maccido, “we have not received reports of such disaster.

“The agency is alert as we have taken the NIMET alerts and predictions seriously.

“The state government had since stockpiled assorted relief materials worth N47million for distribution to victims in case of flooding’’, he said. (NAN)


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