Almost four dozen people have been reported dead and hundreds of houses destroyed following heavy rains in Nigeria. The devastating flooding has inundated Nigeria also causing extensive damage to farms, killing over 260 livestock including cattle, sheep and goats.
Governor Aminu Masari, on Monday, confirmed that 44 people have lost their lives while 20 others are feared missing as a result of the two-hour rainstorm. Thousands of people have been made homeless by the disaster.
“You need to go there, it was a real disaster. As of the time we left Jibia, no less than 44 people were confirmed dead while over 500 houses were completely damaged. I have informed the President about the incident and he has called to sympathize with the people. As a government, we shall find permanent solutions to the problem,” Masari explained.
“We know Jibia is a flood-prone area and we build drainage. But what happened was that instead of water to flow to the river through the drainage, water from the river was flowing back into the drainage, thereby causing the flooding during the rainstorm.”
The president of the African nation pledged that the National Emergency Management Agency will work assiduously to extend aid to the victims.
“As rescue and prevention efforts continue, let me express the sincere condolences of my family, the government and people of Nigeria to all the victims of the destruction by the floods,” President Muhammadu Buhari expressed about the flooding in his home state.
“Let me assure you that we stand ready to provide, within available resources, every assistance that is needed to bring comfort to those in distress.”
Katsina State Emergency Management Agency Executive Secretary, Dr Aminu Waziri, added, “What we are doing presently is to find temporary accommodation for those whose houses have been washed away or damaged. We must provide them where they can put their heads for heaven may open up again.”