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Flood displaces 11 500 people in Kano, Jigawa

17 September 2012, 07:25

Ringim - Alhaji Musa Ilallah, the North-West Zonal Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency, said on Sunday that 11 500 people were displaced by flood, which recently ravaged parts of Jigawa and Kano states.

He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) after distributing relief materials to the victims in Ringim that 10 000 persons and 1 500 persons were affected in Kano and Jigawa, respectively.

Jigawa victims, he said, were being camped at the Junior Arabic Secondary School, Ringim.

Ilallah said that the agency would also open a camp for those displaced by flood that ravaged two local government areas in Sokoto State recently.

"For now, we have camps only in Kano and Jigawa states for displaced persons in this zone."

He said that he was in Jigawa for assessment and to distribute relief materials to the flood victims.

Ilallah remarked that the items distributed were not compensation for the lost property but assistance to reduce the sufferings of the victims.

NAN reports that items distributed included 50 bags of rice, 50 bags of maize, 550 bags of guinea corns and 50 bags of millet.

Others were 200 pieces of blankets, 200 mosquitos’ nets, 200 mats and 200 pieces of textile materials.

Meanwhile, Alhaji Murtala Abubakar, the Chairman of Ringim Local Government, appealed to the Federal and Jigawa governments to intervene by tackling the flooding in the area.

Abubakar said that flooding had become an annual occurrence in the last 11 years, particularly in Yakasawa and Centrimawa communities.



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