The Jigawa State government has declared that the death toll in Jigawa flood has risen to twenty.
The Executive Secretary, State Emergency Management Agency, (SEMA) Yusuf Sani disclosed this. He explained that those affected were mostly children as a result of a collapsed building caused by heavy rainfall .
It was earlier reported that sixteen person lost their lives while thousands of houses and farmlands were destroyed as a result of a heavy downpour last week.
Yusuf explained that the flood displaced over 50,000 families, and thousands of farmlands were also submerged. He stated that so far, the agency is providing emergency relief to the affected victims residing temporarily inside mosques, primary schools and relatives’ houses.
“We were providing all the necessary emergency reliefs to the affected victims, including, food, medicine, sugar, canoes and temporary shelter,” he said.
Meanwhile Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State has expressed deep concern over the flood that ravaged some parts of the state, killing many people and destroying thousands of houses and farmlands.
This was contains in a press statement signed by his Special Advisor on News Media, Auwalu D. Sankara. He sympathized with families of those who lost their lives and those that lost their belongings in the flood.
The statement, however, said the Governor has directed the State Emergency Management Agency to conduct an assessment tour to ascertain the level of damages done in order to minimize the suffering of the victims.