Floods destroy 400,000 farmlands, 36,000 houses in Jigawa

No fewer than 400,000 farmlands and 36,000 houses have been destroyed by floods in Jigawa, the Chairman of the state Flood Control Committee, Alhaji Abdulkadir Jinjiri, said.

Meanwhile, over 750 persons have been rendered homeless in Kaduna, following a heavy rainfall in the state which swept away more than 300 homes.

Jinjiri, who gave the figure when the Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Flood, Hadiza Mailafiya, paid a courtesy visit to Governor Sule Lamido on Monday in Dutse, lamented the development.

He said floods wreaked havoc in the 18 local governments, saying the displaced persons were either being haboured by relatives or had taken refuge in public buildings.

Mailafiya, who is also the Minister of Environment, said the Federal Government had constituted a high-powered committee to visit and study the extent of damage caused by floods in all the affected states.

She said the flood disaster was a source of serious concern to the government.

The minister said, “President Goodluck Jonathan is worried about the flood disaster in the country and will do everything to assist the displaced persons.”

by David Attah

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