Flood Kills 51 Persons, Destroys Over 10, 000 Farmlands in Kano
By Abdulgafar Oladimeji
Kano State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has disclosed that 51 people were killed by flood incidents that ravaged the 44 local governments in the state in 2020.
The executive secretary of the agency, Comrade Saleh Jili, on Friday, while addressing a delegation from Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria, CS-SUNN led by national chairman of the coalition, Innocent Ekene, in his office along Sokoto Road, hinted that in 2020, over 10, 000 farmlands were also damaged by flood.
Jili further disclosed that over 46, 000 persons were internally displaced by flood and fire outbreaks, adding that in 2020, officially reported flood cases confirmed that 51 people were killed.
He also lamented the high number of cases of fire outbreak been recorded in the state, stating that in 2020 the state recorded over 10, 000 cases of fire out breaks.
The emergency agency boss described the response capacity of SEMA to emergency cases in the state as pathetic, explaining that paucity of funds has continued to hinder the agency from effective delivery of emergency services to the populace residing in urban and rural areas.
He appealed to philanthropists and corporate organization to come to the rescue of victims through rendering material and financial support to the agency.
Earlier in his remarks, national chairman, CS-SUNN, Innocent Ekene prayed the agency to create a budget line for nutrition, noting that victims of disasters also deserved to be properly feed.
Ekene urged the agency to assign a desk officer to superintend over nutrition issues, and further prayed for the inclusion of members of the State Committee on Food and Nutrition (SCFN) in SEMA activities to help promote issues of nutrition in the agency.
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