From Ahmad Mohammed, Bauchi
Flood has destroyed over 500 houses and farmlands in five local government areas in Bauchi State.
The five local governments affected are Shira , Zaki, Bauchi, Gamawa and Alkaleri Local Government Areas.
Our correspondent gathered that the worst hit area is the northern zone of Bauchi State, where people are currently taking refuge in a temporary Internally Displaced Persons ,IDPs camp set up by the government.
Over 100 homes were destroyed by flood in Dindima village in Alkaleri Local Government Area. Many homes and bridge were destroyed in Liman Katagum in Bauchi Local Government Area,
Director Relief and Rescue, State Emergency Management Agency, Kabiru Yusuf Kobi said over 200 houses were affected in Shira while in Zaki over 200 houses were affected , but they are still compiling the list while some of the houses are still falling down.
Kobi said lack of drainage in the two local government areas contributed to the flooding in Shira and Zaki.
The state governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed pledged to assist the victims of flood disaster in Disina district of Shira Local Government Area and other part of the state.
The Governor made the pledge when he led top government officials on a sympathy visit to the District Head of Disina, Alhaji Abdullahi Mustapha, in his palace and District Head of Zaki Alhaji Usman Mahmood in their palaces.
While assessing the flood situation which has continued to ravage communities in Bauchi State due to heavy downpour, Governor Bala who was represented by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Alhaji Abubakar Y Suleiman, who is Acting on his behalf since he travelled for the 2019 Hajj, directed the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to assess the damages caused by the disaster and assist the victims.
He sympathized with the victims of the flood disaster and urged them to consider it as an act of God and advised them to take precautions by ensuring that water ways were not blocked.
The District Head of Disina, Alhaji Abdullahi Disina, said the recent flood disaster has affected houses and farmlands and described flood as the major challenges facing the area and advised government to immediately embark on construction of culverts and drainages to avert reoccurrence of the incident.
The member representing Disina Constituency at the State House of Assembly, Alhaji Saleh Hodi Disina, also expressed gratitude to the Governor for his quick response less than 24 hours of the incident.
While at Zaki Local Government, Governor Bala expressed shock on the number of houses and properties affected by the flood disaster in the area.
The Caretaker Committee Chairman of the local government, Alhaji Yahuza Abdulkadir appealed for immediate government support to the victims in order to alleviate their sufferings.
Some of the victims interviewed by Journalists explained that for over 10 years now their lives have being threatened by the flood and called on the government to come to their aid just as they called for construction of drainages to avoid reoccurrence of the incidence every rainy season.