Nigeria: 50 dead, many displaced due to floods in Jigawa

“When you go around [Jigawa State]we lost about 50 people in the flood,” Yusuf told reporters on camera Sunday from Dutse town, which was carried by local media.

Yusuf said at least 237 men were injured in the Balangu area alone, forcing people into temporary camps. Eleven temporary camps have been set up for the displaced, he said.

Nigeria’s Federal Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Farouq, also recently visited Jigawa State to distribute relief materials, the Federal Ministry tweeted.

“This incident is particularly sad because it has become perennial. It is causing serious damage to schools, homes and people’s livelihoods,” Farouq told reporters on camera.

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Farouq said Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari led the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management to activate the National Emergency Management Agency provide the necessary support to people affected by the floods.
The flooding comes after days of severe thunderstorms that caused flash flood warnings from the Nigerian Meteorological Agency.
Many parts of Jigawa are vulnerable to flooding after torrential rains. Earlier in Augustaround seven people have died and dozens of buildings have been destroyed following flooding caused by heavy rains in seven districts of Nigeria’s northeastern state.
Last year, more than 120 families have been displaced in the state’s Guri district when their homes were submerged by flooding after a heavy downpour.

“No quick fix”

Water Resources Minister Suleiman Adamu, also from Jigawa told local media two years ago, there were no quick fixes to the state’s flooding problem, and even funding couldn’t curb it.

“Desilting a river is not a solution to flooding, it’s a temporary solution, it takes a lot of money. If all the budgets of the federal government and Jigawa State are combined to desilt the Hadejia River, we we can’t achieve that,” Adamu said, adding that, “There are no short-term measures to stop the floods, but we can mitigate and give an early warning.”