Flood displaces 18,406 in Borno – SEMA
The Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) said that no fewer than 18,406 persons had been displaced by flood in 14 local government areas of the state.
The Director-General of the Agency, Yabawa Kolo disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri on Monday.
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She said the affected persons including women and children had been displaced by flood occasioned by heavy rainfall recorded this season.
She listed the affected areas to include Shani, Kwaya Kusar, Biu, Damboa, Askira Uba, Chibok, Kaga, Dikwa, Maiduguri, Monguno, Jere, Mobbar, Gwoza, Monguno, and Kala Balge among others.
The SEMA boss said the damage assessment exercise conducted in Monguno and Kala Balve LGAs showed that the flood submerged farmlands, displaced 1,735 persons, destroyed 681shelters and 112 toilet facilities at the GGSS, NRC, and Gana Ali Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps.
“Reports from international partners in different fields and locations indicated that a total of 4,989 houses were destroyed and 16,393 victims were affected.
“This prompted SEMA to conduct a rapid independent assessment to ascertain the actual level of damage.
“Most displaced persons seek shelter in primary schools in neighboring communities. They are now in need of shelter kits, mats, blankets, and food items,” she said.
Yabawa said that the state’s Flood Response Committee, headed by the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Usman Kadafur, has been working to assist the disaster victims.