A police officer and three others have been confirmed killed by flood which also injured several people and flushed away at least 12 communities in Gulani Local Government Area of Yobe State.
The Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mohammed Goje, who confirmed the incidence, said that it occurred after a heavy downpour, within 24 hours.
“In the last 24 hours, the Yobe State Emergency Management Agency received with shock, the devastating incident of flooding in some parts of Yobe State, where the impacts of the reported flooding have assumed a threatening proportions, resulting in loss of lives and properties.”
He added that the latest disaster led to the displacement of hundreds of households across the affected communities in two local government areas, with livestock and food reserves worth millions of Naira washed away by the flood.
The agency, alongside stakeholders from Gulani, carried out damage assessment in seven out of 11 communities as Gulani, Bara, Gagure and Njibulwa communities, rendered inaccessible due to bridge collapse.
According to the agency, the displaced persons are currently taking refuge at government’s buildings across the affected communities.
“SEMA as directed by his Excellency the Executive of Yobe State, Hon. Mai Mala Buni is mobilizing resources and intensifying efforts to bring immediate relief to the affected communities, while alternate routes will be used to support the inaccessible communities.”
The state government had earlier sought Federal Government’s intervention through the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to support over a dozen communities devastated by the recent flood in some parts of Yobe State
Source: Daily Post.