By; DAHIRU SULEIMAN, Dutse
Over fifty households of Malam Inua Dutse Housing Estate in metropolitan Dutse, the Jigawa State capital on whose houses were flooded by water due to last Thursday’s heavy downpour have cried for immediate assistance and a lasting solution to the yearly menace.
The natural calamity has affected the inhabitants of Taura, Birnin Kudu, Buji, and Miga Local Government Area in Jigawa State in the last two weeks where the flooding rendered over five hundred thousand households homeless, while it destroyed farm produts worth billions of Naira.
The flooding which is normally caused by heavy downpours has caused several damages to over fifty houses in the estates where it destroyed wall fencings of some houses, and valuable items such as cars, mattresses among other domestic property.
On sympathy visit to the scene, the Jigawa State acting Governor, Alh. Umar Namadi commiserated with the victims, and assured of government’s planned actions in arresting the situation.
He directed officials of Ministry of Environment, and the Jigawa State Emergency Relief Agency to collaborate in finding a lasting solution to the unfortunate circumstances.
Speaking while on sympathy visit on the victims, he noted ” This year’s flooding calamity is a source of concern, a situation which we must control to avoid spill- over.”
He directed the state Relief Maintenance Agency to as a matter of urgency to swing into action in rendering prompt assistant to the affected victims, as well taken inventory to ascertain total damages for prompt actions.
During the sympathy visit, the acting governor was shown most of the worst hit houses ravaged by flood in the housing estates, where he commiserated with the victims, and assured of government’s immediate intervention.
Most of the victims interviewed complained that they were yet to recover from last year’s predicaments as state government failed to assist them, and now the re-occurence of this year’s same anomalies.
” We experienced last year’s flooding without any assistance, nor witnessed any move by state government actions towards containing the situations, hoping this time around government should stick to its words in taking cogent steps in tackling the situations ”
Investigation’s have revealed that lack of drainages, as well as blockage of the existing water ways within the estates, and outside the state’s affected councils were identified factors militating against flooding which occurs yearly especially to riverine councils within Jigawa State, destroying houses, and large hectares of farm lands, and farm produce worth billions of Naira annually due to flooding.