BY ANDY ASEMOTA,
No fewer than 1000 houses have been destroyed or left partially damaged in rainstorm and floods ravaged communities across Katsina State this year, the Executive Director, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Dr. Aminu Garba Waziri, has disclosed.
Speaking at the start of the distribution of two trailer load of cement and 600 bundles of roofing sheets to flood victims at Inwala Jengebe in Batagarawa Local Government Area, on Saturday, Waziri noted that 307 persons were rendered homeless a forth night ago by the flood disaster which affected about 300 houses in the community, claimed one live and left 10 others with various degrees of injuries.
The SEMA boss, revealed that the agency had been assisting in cushioning the hardship of most of the flood victims in the state, said the worst hit local government areas include Kaita where 150 houses were destroyed and bout 300 victims displaced.
According to him, over 20 persons were affected in the flood disaster that hit the headquarters of Malumfashi Local Government Area while 40 were rendered homeless at Mabai, Kankara Local Government Area, among others.
According to him, the distribution of building materials to flood victims at Inwala Jengebe community was the third phase in the provision of relief materials and assistance to the people, having provided them with food items, drugs and other assistance following an assessment of the extent of damage suffered by the community.
In his remarks, the Katsina Emir, Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabir Usman, represented by Mgajin Garin Katsina, Alhaji Aminu Abdulmumini Kabir, urged the fold victims to regard their ordeals as an act of God and called on Katsina people to continue to support the state government to improve their living standard.
The monarch also stressed the need for people to avoid building houses on water ways and called on all communities to clear blocked drains in their areas.
Earlier, the Head of Administration of Batagarwa Local Government Area, Alhaji Bishir Lawal, expressed gratitude to the state government for its prompt response to the plights of rainstorm and flood disasters in all the nooks and crannies of the state.
Lawal also appealed to the beneficiaries of the building materials and other relief items to make judicious use of them to enhance their well being.