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Flood kills 7 in Jigawa

03 October 2012, 07:18

Kafin-Hausa - No fewer than seven persons were killed, while 12 others were injured in floods that ravaged some  communities in Kafin-Hausa Local Government Area of Jigawa.

Alhaji Ahmad Zango, the Deputy Chairman of the local government, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Kafin-Hausa that 700 houses and many hectares of farmland were also destroyed by the flood.

Zango said that the casualties were recorded at various collapsed buildings in the communities.

"Dozens of residential homes were destroyed by flood which killed seven persons and injured 12 others.

"Farm produce, such as rice, maize, millet, sesame seeds and beans, were also destroyed," Zango added.

He said that the council had bought four canoes to rescue displaced families in some communities cut off by the flood, adding that most of the victims were taking shelter with their relatives.

Zango said the council had also distributed sacks and constructed embankments at various locations to check the disaster.

He urged the federal and state governments to assist the displaced persons.

Meanwhile, Auyo Local Government in Jigawa has distributed 75 000 sacks to 40 communities to enable them to construct embankments and control flooding.

The Chairman, Alhaji Dangina Muhammad, told NAN on Tuesday in Auyo that more than 80 per cent of farmland in the area had been  ravaged by flood.

Muhammad said that embankments constructed by the villagers had assisted in controlling the flood.

NAN recalls that the Jigawa Government had said that 11 persons were killed, while more than 400 000 hectares of farmland and 360 000 houses were destroyed by flood in 18 local government  areas of the state.



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