Floods in northern Nigeria claims 56 lives, left 4,000 displaced

Around 56 people have been killed and over 4,000 others displaced because of recently heavy floods, which have destroyed parts of Nigeria's northern state of Jigawa, as per one of the official.

Around 56 people have been killed and over 4,000 others displaced because of recently heavy floods, which have destroyed parts of Nigeria’s northern state of Jigawa, as per one of the official.

According to Yusuf Sani Babura, head of the State Emergency Management Agency in Jigawa, the floods triggered by massive rains since the start of the rainy season in May have ravaged houses, farmlands and crops in 27 local government areas of the state.

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Meanwhile, Babura has released a statement, adding that, “We are still experiencing the rain as we speak.”

He further added that, “At least 56 people have so far lost their lives and over more than 4,000 people have lost their homes after the flood incidents which has been reported in parts of the state since the month of May.”

At the same time, the official stated that, “So far, over 16 camps have been set up to take care of those who have victimized the situation and are displaced by the floods.” The official further appealed to the federal government, donor agencies along with individuals to come to the aid of the flood victims.

Moreover, as per local media reports on Friday, “The ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development have directed an assessment by the National Emergency Management Agency officials and deployment of immediate relief items to the affected communities in Jigawa to curb further and control the impact caused by floods.

In May, the authorities of Nigeria have issued an alert to 32 out of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory of the nation, warning of severe flooding this year.

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