No fewer than 13 local government areas in Kebbi State have been seriously affected by flood following torrential rainfall in the areas.
The acting executive director of State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Engr. Abbas Kamba made this known to newsmen in his office in Birnin Kebbi. According to him the 13 local government areas are Argungu, Birnin Kebbi, Kalgo, Bunza, Jega, Dandi, Suru, Bagudu, Koko Besse, Shanga, Danko Wasagu, Aliero and Maiyama.
He explained that farmlands in Shanga, Argungu, Dandi and Jega were also submerged by the flood with Shanga having 12 communities whose farmlands were completely submerged.
He said that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) had already been informed about the situation and had even visited the state on the matter.
Kamba also disclosed that his agency has already assessed the areas for possible assistance and is collaborating with National Orientation Agency (NOA) and the State Ministry of Health to sensitise people in the affected communities to avoid drinking from the contaminated open wells.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has sympathised with the government and people of Kebbi State on the flood disaster that ravaged local government areas of the state.
The chief press secretary to Kebbi State governor, Abubakar Dakingari made the disclosure in Birnin Kebbi, yesterday. He said the president’s message was read to the affected Koko, Koko/Besse local government area of the state by Governor Atiku Bagudu while addressing victims.
According to the statement, President Buhari is deeply saddened by the ordeal of the victims and prayed to Allah to provide succour for all of them.
The governor advised people in the flood-prone areas to refrain from construction and building on waterways to prevent future occurrence.
“The government will embark on clearing and evacuation of rubbish from drainages to ensure free flow of water,’’ Bagudu promised.
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