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Flooding: Bauchi govt solicits FG’s assistance •As 1000 houses, farmlands …

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Written by Saliu Gbadamosi, Bauchi


Thursday, 16 August 2012

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NO fewer than 1,000 houses, farmlands, hundreds of cattle and other animals were washed away by flood in some parts of Bauchi State, while thousands of people were rendered homeless by the recent flood in the state.

The torrential rain in the past few days in the state had led to flooding in Shira, Giade, Misau, Jama’are, Alkaleri and Kirfi local government areas of the state, while no life had been reported lost at the time of filing this report.

Chairman of the state relief committee of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Alhaji Inuwa Bello, told the Nigerian Tribune in a telephone interview that there could not be an accurate number of the people affected yet, as the agency had sent its personnel out to carry out on-the-spot assessment and were expected to turn in their report today.

“You cannot get an accurate figure right now. We have sent out a team of personnel to assess the situation in the affected areas.

“They are to report back by tomorrow (today). Please, give me a call by tomorrow for me to confirm the number of affected people,” Bello, who is also the director in the state Ministry of Information, said.

The development had made the state government to call on the Federal Government, through its relevant agencies, to urgently come to the aid of state government, in order to resettle the thousands affected by flooding across the state.

According to a press release from the office of the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Governor Isa Yuguda, Mr Ishola Michael Adeyemi, the governor made the call on Wednesday, while speaking after inspecting the extent of damage caused by the overflowing of River Dindima in Alkaleri and Kirfi local government areas.

Ishola said Governor Yuguda lamented that all efforts to dam the river had failed, due to lack of commitment from the Federal Government since independence.

Governor Yuguda had, on Tuesday, visited Giade, Misa, Shira and Jama’are local government areas to see the extent of damage done by flooding in the areas.


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