From: Bamidele Fashube
Over 900 houses were reportedly destroyed by flood in 13 out of the 14 Local Government Areas of Zamfara, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), on Wednesday said.
It said this has led to displacement of residents in affected communities.
The Director General,(NEMA) AVM Muhammad Mohammed (rtd),made the disclosure in Gusau during the Federal Government’s flood Advocacy visit to the state.
He said the flooding had also caused the death of a 7-year-old boy in Gummi Local Government Area of the state.
“The incidents also rendered many households homeless forcing them to take refuge in neighbouring communities.
“Two bridges linking various communities to Gummi town and other parts of the state, and neighbouring Sokoto and Kebbi States also collapsed, leaving residents trapped,” he said.
As a result, he said temporary Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps were activated to provide succour to the affected victims pending the arrival of relief intervention from the Federal Government.
“Though climate change has been largely blamed for this increasing phenomenon, it is our responsibility as government and people to evolve strategies to minimize losses through adherence to warning alerts, early preparation and proper response.
“Unfortunately, the predicted floods have occurred in many parts of the country, therefore, it is imperative to activate all measures against the prediction as the season moves towards the peak.
“We are all aware this year, the highly probable flood risk areas in Zamfara are Bakura, Maradun, Shinkafi, Zurmi and Gumi Local Government Areas,’’ he added.
To this end, he urged the state government to take necessary proactive measures to mitigate the disaster.