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General News of Friday, 11 September 2020

Source: Punch

Bauchi floods kill 16, destroy 2,000 houses - Official

No fewer than 16 persons have been killed and over 2,000 houses destroyed by floods in Bauchi State since the beginning of 2020.

Checks by our correspondent revealed that the flooding occurred in several local government areas of the state.

The State Emergency Management Agency confirmed this in an interview with The Punch on Friday, September 11, 2020.

The Permanent Secretary of SEMA, Habu Ningi, said the incidents affected at least 11 communities in different LGAs.

He said, “We’ve visited all the areas involved in the flooding this year. So far, we received 11 reports in 11 local government areas in the state.

“So far, 16 persons lost their lives, 11 in Bauchi Local Government Area, one case in Warji LGA, two in Shira LGA, and two in Dambam LGA.

“Over 2,000 houses were destroyed during the floods. Over 1,117 farmlands were also washed away by the floods.

“The state government has assisted the victims with relief materials to cushion the effects of the floods.”

Ningi advised residents to desist from building houses along waterways and avoid indiscriminate dumping of refuse on drainages.

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