The Bauchi State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) claims that the flood killed 16 people, destroyed 3,042 homes and several agricultural areas in the state.
Alhaji Shehu Ningi, the Permanent Secretary (PS) of SEMA, told the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) in Bauchi on Friday that 11 of the 20 local government areas in the state were affected by the flood.
“The affected local government areas include Shira, Dambam, Katagum, Jammare, Warji, Itas, Alkaleri, Bauchi, Zaki Kirfi, and Gamawa,” he said.
He said that agricultural land and crops, including corn, millet, Guinea corn, and rice, were destroyed by the floods.
Ningi said the state government had instructed the agency to provide relief supplies to some affected communities in six local government areas.
He explained that the relief items provided to the victims included an assortment of food, medicine, bedding, canoes, and shelter.
“The victims were temporarily relocated to various schools, mosques and the homes of their relatives,” Ningi said.
Ningi added that the government is doing its best to avoid the situation in other parts of the state.
“The agency has done a great deal of publicity for religious institutions and communities through jingles and other means of communication,” he said.
He called on the population to avoid the indiscriminate dumping of garbage and the construction of structures along waterways.
Ningi emphasized the need for the government to expand drainage systems and work on dams to reduce the amount of water entering communities.