22 September 2012

Nigeria: Flood Kills 19 in Kogi, Jigawa - Wreaks Havoc in Delta

Nineteen Persons Have Been Reported Dead in Koto-Karfe area of Kogi and some parts of Jigawa state.

Six persons were reported killed in Koto-Karfe area of Kogi following a ravaging flood that devastated the state capital and its environs .

Also the Chairman of Jigawa Flood Control Committee, Alhaji Abdulkadir Jinjiri, said on Friday that 13 people lost their lives and more than 36,000 houses were destroyed by flood that ravaged some parts of the state. According to the head of the Red Cross rescue team in Kogi state, six persons died after the boat they were traveling with capsized on the river.

He said the volume of the water and the velocity at which its was traveling causes the victim not to be reached quickly and it was too late before help could come. In a related development, the state government has opened two other relief camps in the face of the devastating flooding activities in the state capital.

A statement from the government listed St. Luke Anglican school, Adankolo and Anglican Primary School, Felele as temporary relief camps. However, the victims of the flooding disaster have appealed to the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to ensure appropriate documentation of those affected by the flood to avoid those who are trying to hijacked the gesture.

According to those who spoke with Saturday Vanguard, those who were not affected by the flood have written down their names at the different relief camps.

Meanwhile, the people of Bomadi Local Government Area, Delta State have raised alarm over the surging flood occasioned by torrential rain fall that has caused havoc in the coastal communities of the council area. The affected communities are; Bomadi, Kpakiama, Esanma, Ogriagbene, Ogboinama and Akugbene.

Speaking to newsmen, one of the affected community leader, Mr. Anthony Okuboarere said that their crops, fishing lakes and ponds have been destroyed by the surging flood. Okuboarere, who is the chairman of Esanma community said, "you cannot quantify what we have lost to the surging flood." He, however, called on the Federal, State and Local Governments to come to their aid.

He also appealed to well meaning government agencies and non governmental organizations to intervene in their plight. According to him, the surging flood has brought untold hardship to the people of the affected communities. Also speaking to journalists, Head of Personnel Management, HPM, of the Local Government Council, Mr Sunday Ekeremor said the local government was worst hit by surging flood and erosion in the State, noting that the council area was almost 100 percent riverine.

Ekeremor who spoke after an inspection visits to the affected communities lamented that some of the communities were getting submerged by the flood, disclosing that the council has wrote a letter for assistance from the ecological fund, but was yet to get a reply.

The council boss appealed to the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC to come and inspect the flood ravaged communities with a view to providing lasting solution the perennial problem.

Flood kills 13 persons, destroys 36,000 houses in Jigawa The Chairman of Jigawa Flood Control Committee, Alhaji Abdulkadir Jinjiri, said on Friday that 13 people lost their lives and more than 36,000 houses were destroyed by flood that ravaged some parts of the state.

Jinjiri told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Dutse that about 400,000 farmlands were submerged by the flood which affected 18 local government areas of the state.

The chairman, who is also the Commissioner for Rural and Infrastructure Development, said that the state government and the National Emergency Management Agency had distributed relief materials to the victims.

He said some of the victims had moved out of the affected areas, while others were either living with relatives or in the various camps set up by the state government for displaced persons.

Meanwhile, the Ward Head of Sintilmawa in Ringim Local Government Area, Malam Idris Adamu, has appealed to the state government to provide permanent settlement for the community to save them from incessant flooding.

Adamu made the call in an interview on Friday at the Government Junior Secondary School, Ringim, where the displaced residents were camped.

He said that the community had been experiencing flood disaster in the last 11 years, which had led to loss of lives and property.

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