When you go around Jigawa State, you lose about 50 people to the flood, Yusuf told reporters on Sunday from the city of Dutse, which was broadcast by local media.
In the area of Balangu alone, 237 homes had been damaged, forcing people into temporary camps. Eleven temporary camps have been set up for those who have been displaced, he said.
This incident is particularly sad because it has become a recurring one. This is causing serious damage to schools, houses, and the livelihood of the people, Farouq told reporters on camera.
According to Farouq, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management to activate the National Emergency Management Agency to provide the necessary support to those affected by the floods. The floods came after days of severe thunderstorms that have resulted in flash flooding warnings from the Nigerian Meteorological Agency. After rainstorms, many parts of Jigawa are vulnerable to flooding. In August, around seven people died and dozens of buildings were destroyed after heavy rainfall in seven districts of the northeastern Nigerian state. In the last year, more than 120 families were displaced in the state's Guri district when their homes were submerged by floods after a heavy downpour. Water resources minister Suleiman Adamu, who was also from Jigawa, told local media two years ago that there were no quick solutions to the state's flooding problem, and not even funding could curb it. Desilting a river isn't a solution to flooding, it takes a lot of money, it's a temporary solution. Adamu said that if all the budgets of the federal government and Jigawa State are combined to desilt Hadejia, we can't achieve it because there are no short-term measures to stop flooding but we can mitigate and do early warnings.