About 1,000 houses have been destroyed by flood in Faggo, Yana and many other villages in the Shira Local Government Area of Bauchi State.
The Press Secretary to the Bauchi State Governor, Abubakar Al-Sadique, disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen in Bauchi on Thursday.
He said the state governor, Mohammed Abubakar, who visited the communities for an on-the-spot assessment, donated food items and other relief materials worth over N11m to the victims of the flood.
According to Al-Sadique, the governor said the news of the disaster was disturbing to his administration and the entire state, saying the relief materials were meant to bring succour to the victims.
He said, “Governor Abubakar said he personally decided to visit the area and sympathise with the community over the disaster that befell them.
“He reaffirmed the commitment of his administration to the complete implementation of all laudable projects and programmes that have direct bearings on the lives of the common man.
“The governor urged the people to continue to pray for bumper harvests in this farming season and the quick recovery and return of President Muhammadu Buhari to the country.”
The press secretary said the lawmaker representing Shira Constituency in the state House of Assembly, Auwal Hassan, appealed to the governor to construct feeder roads and drainages that would bring a lasting solution to the problem of flood which ravages the area.
Items distributed to the flood victims, according to Al-Sadique, included rice, maize, millet, mats and blankets.
Speaking in a telephone interview with Northern City News, the Permanent Secretary, Bauchi State Emergency Management Agency, Shehu Abu Ningi, said the agency had warned the people in the area to relocate.
“Because of the way the houses in those villages are sited, we have been warning them, for several years now, to relocate but they have failed to do so.
“The villages are prone to flooding and it will not stop until they leave those areas.”
Ningi added that if only the people were ready to relocate from those areas, “the state government is ready to provide them with permanent and befitting accommodation in a better place.”