1 September 2012

Nigeria: Over 10, 000 Displaced in Adamawa Floods - NEMA

Katsina — A total of 10, 200 persons were displaced in Adamawa state by the flood, the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Alhaji Muhammad Sani Sidi has said.

Speaking to newsmen yesterday in Katsina after presenting relief materials to the State Relief Emergency and Rehabilitation Agency (RERA), Sidi also said 16 persons have been confirmed killed by flood in Adamawa state.

Sidi added that the disaster affected eight local government areas of the state, saying "we have sent our men to Adamawa to assist the state government in handling the situation and they will remain there until things normalized."

On Katsina flood disaster, the DG complained bitterly on the attitude of some people that are constructing houses on the waterways, noting that "when you construct a house on the waterways, definitely one day flood will wash it away."

He pointed out that the relief materials donated to Katsina State was meant for distribution to the victims of the disaster, calling on the state governments in the country to establish public awareness committee at both state and local government levels with a view to enlightening people on the danger on building their houses on water ways.

"We have presented two trucks of cement totaling about 1, 200, 600 bundles of roofing sheets, 50 bags of nails, 100 bags of maize, 100 bags of rice and 100 bags of millet among other items," he said.

Responding, the State Deputy Governor, Barrister Abdullahi Garba Faskari, assured NEMA that the materials will rich the target, saying the state government was delighted with NEMA over the early warning signal it sent to the state on possible flooding.

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