Flood renders many homeless, destroys farmlands in Bauchi [Photos]

Flood has again destroyed many houses, farmlands among others as a result of a heavy downpour in Kirfi Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

247NNU reports that the heavy downpour lasted for several hours on Friday night.

The Overseeing Director, Research, Planning and Statistics, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Adamu Nayola, who confirmed the incident in an interview, however said that no life was lost in the incident.

He said that the affected areas are: Nasarawa, Dewu, M. Baba, Celedi, Magaji, Ningi, Jarmai, Turaki, Waziri, Kaldiri, Garkuwa, Badara, Kwagal, Danba, Kawu Moni, Babar and Karofi.

He described the incident as “very serious and devastating flood that ravaged many communities”.

According to him, the local government had never experienced such level of disaster.

“The incident was caused by heavy rain which lasted for many hours, it started from around 2pm and lasted till 5am. The water came from unknown sources and couple with the lack of proper drainages in the communities. It was a very terrible situation that that area has never experienced in over 60 years.

“Although no life was lost but hundreds of mud houses were totally destroyed and the victims are very devastated and traumatized because of the serious situation they are facing due to lack of places to sleep, no food to eat and many others.

“In fact, we met a resident who told us that he lost over 30 goats and sheep. Many foodstuffs was destroyed, farmlands were destroyed, many of them are stranded,” he said.

Nayola called for immediate assistance from good spirited individuals, local and International Non-Governmental Organizations, Presidential Committee of Flood Relief and Rehabilitation, North-East Development Commission to come in to help in offering assistance and relief to the people.

The Chairman of Kirfi local council, Garba Musa, said that “the extent of damage is very devastating” adding that from his on-the-spot assessment of some of the areas, over 600 houses were destroyed.

Musa added that over 100 hectares farmlands of rice, maize, millet and other crops were all destroyed.

He said: “I visited, the extent of damage is very, very devastating. I’ve seen so many houses that were washed to the ground, I have seen so many animals that died as a result of the impact of the running water.

“I have seen areas that were, before now, roads but are now washed by the flood resulting in very deep gully erosion, I have seen farmlands washed away, the crops all covered with sand, I have seen compounds including the fence, the main building completely washed away.

“I have also seen some houses were the properties could not be salvaged but we’re all destroyed, I have seen foodstuffs submerged in water, they managed to salvage some and put them in the sun to dry, I have seen a we’ll that sank to the ground because it was built on sand, I have seen parts of shops and mosques washed away with some of the properties carried by the rain and lots of others.

“Unfortunately, all these happened because our forests are being depleted and as a result, when it rains, the places that used to hold rain in the bushes cannot do so again, so it has to go to the river and the only way is to flow through the houses.

“In Celedi alone, not less than 150 houses were destroyed and razed to the ground apart from the ones that were soaked.

“There are many other villages that were affected. I’ll give an estimate of 600 houses destroyed in the local government area.

“I have not yet gone through the whole local government, but not less than 100 hectares of farmlands of rice, maize, millet other crops.”

He added: “I was opportune to have spoken to many elderly people in those areas, all of them confessed that in all their lifetime, they have never seen such a magnitude of running water in the time like this.”

Meanwhile, the Search and Rescue Officer who is the acting Permanent Secretary, Bala Lame, has said that the Bauchi State Government has immediately approved the release of some relief materials to be given to the people to ameliorate their sufferings.

“We have a quick response from the state government. We have just been given about three trailers of food items and as I speak with you now, these items are being loaded. The items are 600 bags of maize (100kgs) and 600 bags of rice (50kgs).

“The governor even directed me to immediately take the items to the people”, he said.

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