Thousands and homes and wide areas of crops have been destroyed in recent flooding in the states of Jigawa, Kano, Kebbi and Sokoto, northern Nigeria. As many as 30 people are thought to have died.
Flooding in the state of Jigawa has reportedly damaged or destroyed 50,000 homes and affected 17 out of the 27 local government areas (LGAs). Wide areas of farmland is under water, damaging or destroying crops.
Local media quoting Jigawa State Emergency and Management Agency (SEMA) reported on 05 September that as many as 20 people have died in the flooding. Many of those fatalities were a result of building collapse.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 4 people have lost their lives after heavy rainfall and flooding in Kano state, northern Nigeria.
NAN said that the Kano State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has confirmed four persons killed and thousands of houses destroyed due to flooding.
The worst affected areas is Danbatta where around 5,000 houses were destroyed and 2 people died. Around 200 houses were destroyed in Rogo, where 2 other fatalities were reported.
Meanwhile flooding has also affected north-western parts of the country, where 6 people have died in Kebbi state and 15 in Sokoto.
Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has sent a technical team to carry out full assessment of the recent flood that has devastated communities and farmlands in Kebbi state from late August.
Flooding has affected the 11 LGAs of Argungu, Birnin Kebbi, Bunza, Suru, Koko-Besse, Yauri, Shanga, Bagudo, Maiyama, Jega and Dandi. At least 5 bridges were destroyed and as much as 500,000 hectares of crops including rice, millet, sorghum, maize and sugarcane.
At Kende in Kebbi, the Sokoto River stood at 5.03 metres as of 30 August. The Sokoto joins the Niger river just south of Kende. The Niger at the Jidere Bode measuring station in Kebbi jumped from 1.4 metres in mid July to 5.74 metres by late August.
Recently the Niger river caused severe flooding in the neighbouring country of Niger, including the capital Niamey. According to Niger’s Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, as of 24 August, over 40 people had died, 226,563 people from 24,259 households were affected and 19,234 houses destroyed.
At least 15 people have died in flooding in 6 LGAs in Sokoto state in north western Nigeria.
A total of 5,254 people have been displace and 27,000 affected across the local government areas of Goronyo, Rabah, Sokoto-North, Wamakko, Silame and Binji.
Another 12 persons were said to have sustained various degrees of injuries as a result of collapsed buildings. Wide areas of crops have also been damaged.
The Kebbi State Governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, on Saturday visited flood ravaged areas in Augie, Argungu and Arewa local government communities, to asses rice farmlands, roads and bridges affected by the flood. pic.twitter.com/aGxVFqtsqn
— Kebbi State Government (@KBStGovt) August 30, 2020
Following Presidential directive, the National Emergency Management Agency @nemanigeria led technical team have carried out assessment of the recent flood that devastated communities and farmlands in Kebbi State. @MBuhari @Sadiya_farouq @NigAirForce @KBStGovt @officialdgnema pic.twitter.com/vS7tiNeYcz
— NEMA Nigeria (@nemanigeria) September 4, 2020
Accompanied by officials of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Kebbi State Governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, visited flood ravaged areas in the state. He pledged govt’s urgent intervention. pic.twitter.com/IvmXzrlkVY
— Theresa Tekenah (@TheresaTekenah) August 30, 2020
Flood Destroys Over 50,000 Houses in Jigawahttps://t.co/yFDewzH2jV
— HumAngle_ (@HumAngle_) September 4, 2020
— Vanguard Newspapers (@vanguardngrnews) September 5, 2020