5 dead, 1,000 families displaced in Bauchi communities

As heavy rain continues to plague Bauchi state, as predicted by NIMET, five people have died when a canoe traveling on the Jama’ River capsized while more than 1,000 families were displaced, washed away 60,000 acres of farmland while more than 5,000 homes were demolished. in Jama’ are local government area of ​​the state.

The disclosure was made by Saleh Muhammad, a member representing the Jama’are constituency in the State House of Assembly, who spoke on the matter in Wednesday’s plenary session.

The member therefore called on the state government to urgently aid the victims as he said displaced families are now seeking shelter in schools, government buildings, mosques, churches and neighboring villages, while several crops worth several million from Naira were destroyed.

According to him, “Jama’are town and the surrounding villages were hit by a very devastating flood that left several people homeless. The flood is estimated to have destroyed more than 5,000 homes and displaced about 1,000 families.”

He added: “It also destroyed more than 60,000 hectares of farmland and destroyed agricultural products estimated to be several hundred million Naira.

“The displaced persons are currently seeking shelter in public schools, government buildings, mosques, churches and neighboring villages in Yola, Dakodako, Gongo, Gilar, Sabongari, Jogayel, Jabbori, Bodinga, Guda, among others.”

Saleh Muhammad added that “Jama’are Local Government Area suffers annual flooding during the rainy season; the city is vulnerable due to the presence of a river in the area”.

The lawmaker said the recent flooding put people and animals’ lives at risk with other consequences such as outbreaks of diseases such as cholera and malaria. He urged the House to decide that the state government should come to the aid of the people of the Jama’are constituency, who have been hit hard by flooding, by providing relief supplies.

He also noted that the Committee of Special Duties should be mandated to visit, sympathize and offer condolences on behalf of the Bauchi State House of Assembly and the state government to the victims and families of those who lost their lives in the capsized canoe. the intervention of relevant federal government agencies for the purpose of intervening in this matter.

In response, the chairman, Abubakar Suleiman, said the motion does not require further debate as members have already discussed it, but urgent action is needed to prevent further disasters.

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