Bauchi State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) on Thursday evening confirmed that heavy flooding in the State killed 8 people with property, including houses in 57 villages across 11 local government areas of the state, farmlands and livestock, worth N180 million destroyed by the flood.
SEMA Coordinator, Dr Abubakar Umar Gabarin, who made this known said that 567 people were affected by floods, saying three people died in Ningi, three in Gamawa and one person each in Jama’are and Toro Local Government Areas, respectively.
He further said that, the figure was only tentative as the Agency was still counting, adding that it would submit an interim report to the state governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed to enable the state government to assist the victims.
Also speaking, Director, Research and Statistics of the agency, Adamu Nayola, warned people living in flood plains and waterways across the state to relocate as the peak of rains is yet to come, in order to avoid disastrous effects.
He blamed floods on natural disasters and poor drainage systems caused by uncontrolled physical development in parts of the state.
“You can see the results. Besides the high number of casualties recorded, many houses were washed away, while others collapsed. Several farmlands were submerged just as foodstuffs and livestock were also lost to floods,” he lamented.