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Zamfara community loses N100m to flood

18 July 2014, 11:51

Abuja - The Gutsura community in Zamfara loses more than N100 million to perennial flooding annually, Connected Development (CODE), an NGO, has said.  
Its Chief Executive Officer, Hamzat Lawal, said this in on Thursday in Abuja.

According to him, the disaster has a major effect on farmlands as the key source of livelihood in the community is farming.

He said that due to the intervention of the organisation in the community, the state government had pledged N120 million to the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to address the problem.
He stated that one of the major impacts of their advocacy was that the governor had gone to the community to see the effect of the flood on the people.

According to him, the fund is for acquiring flood resilient areas, construct new houses with toilets and water facilities and relocate the indigenes to the new area.

Lawal said that the organisation had also trained members of the community on ways to prevent flood and adapt to effects of climate change.

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