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Flood: 8 dead, farmland submerged in Katsina – Official

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The Katsina State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) confirmed on Tuesday that eight people had died, while 25,961 buildings were affected by flooding in parts of the state.

SEMA Executive Secretary Alhaji Babangida Nasamu told the Nigerian News Agency (NAN) in an interview in Katsina that 7,019 hectares of farmland were also destroyed.

Nasamu, who spoke through the agency’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Umar Mohammed, said that around 17 people suffered varying degrees of injuries from the disaster across the state.

It revealed that all 34 local government areas (LGAs) of the state had been affected by the flood disaster from January 2020 to date.

According to him, 103 houses were affected by floods in Kankara LGA, it is the lowest number in the state, while Katsina LGA recorded the highest with 3,568 houses affected.

He further said that around 7,019 hectares of agricultural land were submerged by flooding in various parts of the state with crops worth millions of Naira destroyed during the period under review.

He said that the agency had already assessed the damage caused by the disaster and assured that the state government would help the victims to improve their plight.

Nasamu also asked the Presidential Committee on Flood Relief and Rehabilitation, the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to come to the aid of the victims.

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