NEMA distributes relief materials to Katsina flood victims
To evacuate 2,000 Zamfara households over impending disaster
THE National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has distributed relief materials to over 1,214 flood victims in Malumfashi Local Council of Katsina State.
The Secretary of NEMA Local Distribution Committee, Malam Aminu Lawal, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Malumfashi yesterday.
Lawal said Senator Abu Ibrahim (APC-Katsina South) also gave out relief materials worth N1 million to victims in the area.
NAN reports that there was excessive flooding of the area following heavy rainfall on Wednesday.
The flood caused by the rain destroyed about 361 buildings and five bridges within Malumfashi town and suburbs.
Lawal listed the items donated as 300 bags of cement, 300 bags of rice, 150 bags of maize and guinea corn.
Others include 50 bags of sugar and salt, 50 cartons of soap, detergents, 100 cartons of noodles and 100 cartons of tomatoes, 200 pieces of blanket, towels, textile materials and 150 bundles of roofing sheets.
The secretary explained that the committee categorised the victims into three depending on the magnitude of the damages.
He said the 227 victims got N5,000 each, 429 received N3,000 each and 558 got N2,000 each, adding that the beneficiaries were picked randomly.
A former Court of Appeal President and District Head of Malumfashi, Justice Mamman Nasir, had on August 14, appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to address the persistent cases of flood disaster in Malumfashi town.
Nasir commended Governor Aminu Masari, NEMA and Senator Abu Ibrahim, on their efforts in tackling the problem of flooding.
He cautioned the people against indiscriminate waste disposal, blocking of waterways and other human activities that contributed to the flooding.
Some of the areas affected were Dam-site, Unguwar Sodangi, Hayin Majema, and Layin Baranchi, Danrimi, Gandu and Gangarawa in Malumfashi and suburbs of Malumfashi town.
NAN reports that a bridge linking Bisije community and Unguwar Sodangi, embankments of Ashada-Lafiya-bridge and Hayin Gada-brigde on Funtua-Kano road were washed away.
To evacuate 2,000 households over flood
Also, NEMA said it is ready to forcibly evacuate over 2,000 households in Gangare, Zamfara, to avoid casualty in case of flood.
NEMA’s Coordinator in-charge of Sokoto Operations Office, Mr. Thickman Tanimu, stated this in Gusau, in an interview with NAN.
He explained that the households would be evacuated from Gangare area near river Gusau, in the state capital.
Tanimu said that the agency had organised training for stakeholders in disaster management on the importance of waste management and flood mitigation.