Katsina flood:44 die,500 houses destroyed

Katsina State Governor Aminu Masari on Monday confirmed that 44 lives were lost, while 20 people were missing following Sunday flood disaster in Jibia Local Government Area of the state.

The rainstorm was said to have started about 11 pm on Sunday and lasted over two hours.

The governor, who made the disclosure at a press conference in Katsina, said he had never seen such a disaster in his life, more than 500 houses were destroyed while thousands of people rendered homeless.

Scores of animals were also killed during the disaster, which occurred on Sunday night and lasted for over three hours.

The Governor said,“You need to go there, it was a real disaster. As of the time we left Jibia, no less than 44 people were confirmed dead while over 500 houses were completely damaged.

“I have informed the President about the incident and he has called to sympathise with the people.

“As a government, we shall find permanent solutions to the problem.

He said, said that the government had already relocated the victims to a primary school in the area for safety.

Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Masari on Monday confirmed that 44 lives were lost, while 20 people were missing in the overnight rainstorm that ravaged Katsina State border town of Jibia.

The rainstorm was said to have started about 11 pm on Sunday and lasted over two hours.

The governor, who made the disclosure at a press conference in Katsina, said he had never seen such a disaster in his life.

He said, “You need to go there, it was a real disaster. As of the time we left Jibia, no less than 44 people were confirmed dead while over 500 houses were completely damaged.

“I have informed the President about the incident and he has called to sympathise with the people.

“As a government, we shall find permanent solutions to the problem.

“We know Jibia is a flood-prone area and we build drainage. But what happened was that instead of water to flow to the river through the drainage, water from the river was flowing back into the drainage, thereby causing the flooding during the rainstorm.

“We are going to redirect the water flow and I have passed out necessary instructions.

“We have also taken measures to ameliorate the sufferings of the victims.

Aminu Masari explained that he had informed the federal government about the disaster stressing that NEMA had already brought 13 trucks loaded with relief materials for distribution to the victims.

Katsina State Emergency Management Agency, Executive Secretary, Dr Aminu Waziri also speaking on the incident said, “What we are doing presently is to find temporary accommodation for those whose houses have been washed away or damaged. We must provide them where they can put their heads for heaven may open up again.

“Sympathisers from our neighboring country, Niger, helped us fished out two bodies from their river.”

President Muhammadu Buhari, also expressed his sadness and concern about the devastation caused by floods in his home state, Katsina, and other parts of the country.

let me express the sincere condolences of my family, the government and people of Nigeria to all the victims of the destruction by the floods.

“Let me assure you that we stand ready to provide, within available resources, every assistance that is needed to bring comfort to those in distress.”

Saddened to observe the devastation and loss of lives caused by the floods in Katsina State and other parts of the federation.

He said he had accordingly directed the National Emergency Management Agency to do everything that would bring succour to the victims wherever they were, Buhari said.

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