Five dead, 1,000 families displaced by flooding in Bauchi -Lawmaker

Five people have died when the canoe they were traveling on the Jama’ River capsized, while more than 1,000 families have been displaced by flooding in Bauchi state.

60,000 acres of farmland have also been washed away, while more than 5,000 homes have been demolished in the Jama’are Local Government Area.

These followed incessant downpours as predicted by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency.

The member representing the Jama’are constituency in the state’s House of Representatives, Saleh Muhammad, said this in a plenary session on Wednesday.

He 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 naira have been destroyed.

“The city of Jama’are and the surrounding villages have been hit by a 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 said.

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“It also devastated 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.”

The legislator, who said the recent flooding not only endangers human and animal life, also spoke of other impacts 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 Jama’are by providing relief supplies.

In response, the speaker, dear Abubakar Suleiman, said that the motion needed no further debate as members had already discussed it, but rather urgent action was needed to prevent further disasters.

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