Flood kills 3, displaces 495 families in Kano State

Flood kills 3, displaces 495 families in Kano State

By Ramatu Garba, Ajingi (Kano State).

 

The Kano State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) says flood has killed three persons and displaced 495 families in Ajingi Local Government Area of the state.

 

Dr Saleh Jili, Executive Secretary, Kano SEMA, disclosure this on Monday in Ajingi, while distributing relief materials to the victims, including the families of the three deceased ones.

 

He listed the affected areas as Toranke, Kara Malama, Chuna and Balare.

Jili said that the flood, which occurred after a heavy rainfall on Aug. 3 and 4, affected 495 families, killed three persons and injured one.

 

“On behalf of Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje, we are here to condole with the victims and distribute some relief materials to them.

 

“We hope the gesture will bring relief to them and alleviate their sufferings,” he said.

 

The items, which were distributed, include rice, maize, cement, roofing sheets, nails, cooking oil, pillows, beans and mattresses, among others.

 

Jili, nonetheless, advised the residents to always clear their drainage channels and called on those living close to rivers and ponds in the state to vacate the areas.

 

“If the rivers and ponds overflow, please vacate your houses and contact the agency to provide a place for you to stay, pending the end of the rainy season.

 

“We have deployed personnel to the communities affected for the conduct of damage assessment to enable us to develop comprehensive data and assist them,” Jili said.

 

On his part, the Vice-Chairman of Ajingi Local Government Council, Alhaji Sa’ad Ibrahim-Toranke, commended the state government and the agency for the kind gesture.

 

Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Malam Dayyabu Abdullahi, commended the agency and Gov. Ganduje for the condolence visit and donation.

 

“On Aug. 3 and 4, there was a heavy rainfall, which lasted for more than 40 hours and made the walls of my house to collapse on my 4-year-old daughter,” he moaned.

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