Flood Destroys Over 50,000 Houses in Jigawa

Reports from Jigawa State, northwestern Nigeria, have confirmed the death of 19 people and the destruction of over 50,000 houses by floods during the current rainy season.

The floods affected 15 of the 27 local governments in the state and resulted in the destruction of lives and properties after about two weeks of the heavy downpour.

The situation is reportedly worse in Shingurin where the flood is on the verge of destroying the entire villages of Birnin Kudu Local Government.

Alhaji Umar Aliyu who lost a son due to the flood told BBC Hausa that his son drowned after a building collapsed on him in the Shingurin.

Alhaji Umar said that they spent four days searching for him before they could find his corpse floating on the water.

BBC Hausa reported that thousands of residents are moving to nearby schools and mosques while many others have nowhere to go.

Although Jigawa State has been witnessing similar disaster over years, Mallam Alhassan Abdu, a traditional leader in the Shingurin, said it is worse this season.

He added that the flood swept a large number of their houses and destroyed all their farmlands.

Alhaji Yusuf Sani Babura of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) said the flood is destroying houses across villages of the state.

Although Babura said he is not aware of the situation in Shingurin, SEMA counted over 50,000 houses destroyed by the flood.

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Aliyu Dahiru

Aliyu Dahiru is an assistant editor and head of extremism and radicalization desks at HumAngle. He is a fact-checker and has a passion for analyzing jihadism in Africa and telling the stories of those affected by conflict and insecurity. Tweets: @Aliyussufiy

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