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Over 200 displaced, 50 houses destroyed as heavy rainfall hits Jigawa

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Nsukka residents groan as floods sack them from their homes

No fewer than 200 residents were displayed and 50 houses destroyed by a heavy flood in Yalleman and Dakayyawa towns in Kaugama Local Government Area of Jigawa State.

Alhaji Fahad Muhammad, the Information Officer for the council, on Tuesday told newsmen in Kaugama that the flood was caused by heavy rain which began by 4pm on Monday and lasted till 10pm.

Muhammad explained that the displaced persons were taking shelter in neighbouring towns, adding that preliminary investigations revealed that blockage of drainage in the areas were largely responsible for the disaster.

“If residents of these areas have been making efforts to clear drainage, the destruction would have been averted or at least minimized,” the information officer said.

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According to him, the council was currently assessing the extent of the damages caused by the flood with a view to bringing succour to the victims.

He however, pleaded with the State and Federal Governments to also assist the victims with relief materials.

It was also gathered that Yalleman and Dakayyawa towns were also affected by the 2018 flood that killed 21 persons and ravaged over 200 communities in the state.

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