Four persons have been confirmed dead and hundreds of houses destroyed in the devastating floods that swept through four local government areas of Katsina State.
LEADERSHIP gathered yesterday that three persons died in the flood disaster that occurred in three villages of Safana local government area while a middle -aged lady died in the flood at Kurfi local government area.
The executive director of Katsina State Relief and Rehabilitation Agency (RERA), Hassan Rawayau, told our correspondent that the situation was pathetic, adding “the magnitude of the destruction is alarming”.
Rawayau, who is the acting chairman of the state flood and emergency committee, however, declined to comment on measures being taken by the state government, insisting that his committee would soon submit its report.
He said, “I cannot say precisely what the Katsina State government will do for now unless we compile our report after assessing the entire situation and submit it to government for further necessary action.”
The latest incident came barely two days after a heavy downpour destroyed 1,400 houses in Maiadua local government area of Katsina State. More rains washed away no fewer than 100 houses and over 130 farmlands at Kofa and Tulani villages of Kusada local government area of the state in overnight floods at the weekend.
Eight people who sustained injuries are receiving treatment at the Kankia General Hospital and Katsina General Hospital.
A victim, Musa Mannir, who lost his house and some domestic animals, said he had not witnessed such heavy rain in his over 40 years on earth.
He said: “I have lost virtually everything I have laboured for in the whole of my life but am grateful to Allah that no life was lost,” and appealed for support.
Among early sympathisers to the victims was the transition management committee chairman of Kusada local government, Alhaji Mansur Murnai, who constituted a 12-man committee to assess the destruction and pledged the council’s resolve to provide support to the victims. Murnai urged them to see the disaster as ordained by God and directed the local government’s department of works to provide estimates for the construction of drainages in the area.
The minority whip of Katsina State House of Assembly, Alhaji Shehu Dalhatu Tafoki (CPC, Faskari), has urged the state government and relevant stakeholders to assist the victims in a press statement he issued sympathising with the victims.
Flood kills 4 in Niger
Four persons have lost their lives to flood in Bosso and Zungeru of Niger State following heavy rain over the weekend.
LEADERSHIP learnt yesterday that two brothers, Abubakar and Abdullahi Gwaibaita of Gungel village of Bosso local government area died on their way back from farm. Two Fulani herdsmen were swept away by flood along their grazing route in Zungeru of Wushishi local government area of the state.
Houses, rice and sugarcane farmlands in Wuya Kede, Wuya Kanti, Batati and Muregi in Mokwa local government area of the state were also flooded.