Police confirm 95 dead in Jigawa flood disaster

…Governor sympathises with victims’ families

The Jigawa State Police Command has confirmed the death of 95 people in flood-related accidents across the State.

Confirming the number of the deceased, the Police Public Relations Officer, (PRO), DSP Lawal Shi’isu Adam, said that the disaster has caused many calamities in the State. According to him, a report available to him indicated that a total of 95 people, including males and females, drowned due to the flood at different times and places.

The Police spokesman added that “out of the number, over 22 people died in canoe and boat-related accidents, and over 30 people died in building collapse, while others lost their lives due to drowning in rivers and ponds. He further said: “The State is suffering from a devastating flood disaster, and it has affected 17 local government areas in the State, which has rendered thousands of families homeless”.

On his part, the State governor, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, extended condolences to the families of the victims affected by the disaster. This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Dutse, the State capital, by the Governor’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Habibu Nuhu Kila.

“The Government is aware of the challenges caused as a result of the flooding, and is doing everything humanly possible to alleviate their suffering, as relevant agencies are on top gear to see that the people are assisted. The Government is also doing its best to see that roads and bridges that have been washed away are reclaimed for road users. It is also in contact with the Federal Government towards easing the natural disaster”, the statement further read.

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