September 27, 2022

Floods render thousands homeless in Yobe communities



l18,406 persons displaced in Borno lAs hunger bites harder

By Ndahi Marama-`

Damaturu —Thousands of people living in Damakarwa, Awakurari and Kirkasama communities in Gaidam Local Government Area of Yobe State, have been rendered homeless following a devastating flooding that swept away houses, farmlands and graves.

The incident, which took place, weekend, has led to severe hunger among the displaced people, while many children in the communities are battling with malaria and other related illnesses, a sources and victims, said.

According to Said Yau, one of the victims with two wives and eight children, “Gaidam is the hometown of the immediate past Governor Ibrahim Geidam. Unfortunately, all the three affected communities do not have a primary school, which usually serves as an emergency/temporary shelter for victims, thus, many victims spent over three days without food.

“We are suffering seriously. No food to eat, and there is no place for us to stay. All our houses, foodstuffs, livestock and other belongings have been destroyed by the flood. Officials of the State Emergency Management Agency led by the Executive Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Goje are nowhere to be found since the incident.

“Our children are dying of hunger, malaria and other illnesses associated with the disaster. It is very sympathetic.”

Contacted on phone, Goje, who was mandated by Governor Mai Buni to ensure prompt response to victims of flooding in the state, did not pick up calls at press time.

But confirming the incident, yesterday, Chairman of Gaidam LGA, Ali Kolo,  said concerted efforts were being made to provide assistance to the victims.

Kolo said all the affected communities do not have a primary school, which usually serves as a temporary residence to victims of flooding, hence, some victims found it very difficult to cope with the situation, adding that officials of SEMA have been contacted and have started reaching out to the victims.

He said: “Yes, there was a severe flooding that took place in Damakarwa, Kirkasama and Awakurari or some people call it Abbakurari in Gaidam LGA of Yobe State.

“From the information at my disposal, about 70 households were affected in each of the communities. Presently, officials of SEMA have been contacted and I believe they have started proper response for the plight of the victims.

“Unfortunately, none of these communities has a primary school premises where we normally provide as temporary shelter.”

Meanwhile, the Borno State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, yesterday, said no fewer than 18,406 persons had been displaced by flood in 14 local government areas of the state.

Director-General of the agency, Yabawa Kolo, said the affected persons, including women and children had been displaced by flood occasioned by heavy rainfall recorded this season.

She listed the affected areas to include Shani, Kwaya Kusar, Biu, Damboa, Askira Uba, Chibok, Kaga, Dikwa, Maiduguri, Monguno, Jere, Mobbar, Gwoza, Monguno and Kala Balge among others.