How flood claims 19 lives, farmlands, homes in Kano

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It was confirmed that at least 19 people were killed, and several houses and agricultural lands destroyed by floods in some communities in 10 local government areas of Kano state, Kano Chronicle reports.
Executive Secretary of the Agency for Emergency Relief and Rehabilitation of Kano State (SERERA) Alhaji Ali Bashir confirmed the death of 18 people, while the state chairman of the Association of rice farmers of Nigeria (RIFAN) Alhaji Abubakar Haruna Aliyu confirmed the death of five more people,
Bashar explained that nine people were killed in the Kura, and five more died in Rimingado, the local governments of Gabasawa and in the town of Getso in the local government of Gvarso, adding that about 4,475 people were affected by the disaster in the three affected local government districts.
Consequently, many other villagers in some other affected areas of local government are currently facing eviction threats as a result of the multiple floods that overwhelm their communities, the Kano Chronicle.
The worst regions of local self-government as a result of the disaster are Davakin Kudu, Kura, Varava, Minzhiber, Gabasava, Rimingado, Gvartso, Gaya and Vudil. The findings showed that in Woodil, local villages such as Katai, Indabo, Fangale, Darki, Kausani and Laraba were devastated by a catastrophe.
The SERERA Executive Secretary also said that several other villagers received varying degrees of injury from the recent flood disaster in nine local government districts of the state.
For his part, the chairman of RIFAN, said a couple of weeks ago, the farmers' association raised the alarm about a similar situation when some hectares of rice plantations were destroyed as a result of floods in five five districts of the local government Varava, Gabasava, Guy, Minhibiere and Davakin Kudu.
"The flood required five lives and destroyed houses and agricultural lands. Many farmlands, most of which are rice plantations, have been washed away by the flood as a result of a heavy rainfall experienced in recent times. We received alarming reports that some of our members lost hundreds of hectares of rice plantations and pets, "he said.
Further, the chairman said that RIFAN deployed its officials in the affected areas to assess the facts and draw up a list of affected members.
"Due to the fact that most of our members are in the CBN Anchor Borrower program, we are currently compiling a comprehensive damage reimbursement report that we will submit to our national authority for further action regarding the agreement reached with the Nigerian agricultural insurance Company ( NAIC), and as soon as we finish, we will submit our report, "he assured.
A visit to one of the affected communities in the Fangale Tsibiri community in the Voudil local government area showed that many farmers have now become fisheries because their agricultural land was submerged.
Malam Usaini Babantiti, one of the victims, said that the flood had forced them to leave their farmlands, as work on it could not be possible, stating: "We can not work on our farming grounds, we have become just spectators, because there is nothing we is likely to do. Some of us turned to fishing so that something would fall away. "
For 78-year-old former agricultural worker Abdulmumin Adam Woodyl, who is also chairman of the local chapter of WIFIL in Woodil, said that the recent flood was not the result of a heavy rainfall, rather he attributed it to water that was reduced from some dams throughout the state.
"It's not because of a heavy downpour; this was the result of water released from some dams. Unfortunately, those who operate the dams have chosen the wrong time to reduce the excess water from the dam into water tributes. See how the water is in our farms; it is obvious that we have lost all our plantations in the water. I lost a hectare of rice plantation, and there are many people who have lost much more than I have, "he said.

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