13 killed, 13,226 displaced by floods in Kano – Govt

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The Kano State Government says that no fewer than 13 persons lost their lives while 13,226 persons were displaced during the recent flooding witnessed in the state.

This was disclosed to newsmen in Kano on Monday evening by the Executive Secretary of the Kano State Emergency Management Agency, Saleh Jili, adding that a total of 14,364 farmers lost their farm produce during the disaster.

Jili noted that “A total of 13,226 persons were displaced while 14,364 farmers lost their farm produce. So, in all, over 30,000 people were affected by the flood this year”.

He further said that many victims of the flood were accommodated by their relatives and friends, as none of those affected by the flood stayed at the well-equipped Internally Displaced Persons’ camp.

Jili said “Unlike other states where the victims of flooding stayed at the IDPs camps or stayed in schools, here in Kano, no single person affected by the flood stayed at the camp; they were accommodated by their relatives and friends.”

“These people stayed with their relatives and friends pending the time they put their houses in order before moving back.”

According to him, all the 44 local government areas of the state were affected by the flood, pointing out that it was only in the Warawa Local Government Area that an entire community was flooded.

“In Wudil and Warawa Local Government Areas, which were the most affected, Kano SEMA had to use a canoe to convey the affected people from one area to another”.

He, however, noted that the victims returned to their homes within a short time, as soon as the water dried up, adding that before the beginning of rainfall, the state government had sensitised the people in the communities on the need to be wary of blocking drainages and waterways.

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