Thursday, August 6, 2015

Flood destroys 148 houses in Sokoto State

Flood destroys 148 houses in Sokoto State
Gwadabawa (Sokoto State), Aug. 5, 2015 (NAN)
No fewer than 148 houses had been destroyed by
flood which ravaged various parts of Gwadabawa
Local Government Area of Sokoto State on
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports from
Gwadabawa on Wednesday that the disaster
struck the headquarters of the local government
and Galadunchin-tsauri, Gidan-Dogaza, as well as
'Yar-Gada villages.
Chairman, Caretaker Committee of the local
government, Alhaji Aminu Aya, told news men that
no life was however lost in the incident.
Aya stated that most of the victims were now
squatting with relatives and neighbours pending
the rehabilitation of their damaged houses.
''The farm produce stored in silos and some
farmlands had been washed away. In the same
vein, the extent of damage caused by the disaster
had been conservatively put at millions of naira'',
he added.
The chairman disclosed that the council had set
up a 7-man committee which had assessed the
extent of damage caused by the floods.
''We have reported the disaster to the State
Government through the State Emergency
Management Agency ( SEMA).
``We are, therefore, appealing to the state and
federal governments to come to the immediate
aid of the victims as they had lost everything they
had before the disaster struck.
``In the meantime, we have earmarked N820,000
for the immediate purchase of assorted relief
materials to be donated to the victims.
``They include food, blankets, rubber mats and
others to help in providing succour to them’’, Aya
One of the victims, Buhari Alhassan, expressed
happiness that there was no loss of life, and
appealed to the state and federal governments, as
well as other donor agencies, to assist them.
'' We have lost all our belongings and food to the
disaster and we are now surviving with the
mercies of God, relatives and other well-wishers.

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