Flood destroys 200 houses in Katsina

No fewer than 200 houses were destroyed by flood at Maibara village in Baure Local Government Area of Katsina State in the current rainy season.

Dr Aminu Garba Waziri, the Executive Secretary of the State Emergency and Relief Agency (SEMA) disclosed this on Friday.

Waziri also put the estimate of property destroyed by flood in the area at N9 million.

He said the agency had sent an assessment team to ascertain the extent of the damaged in order to assist the victims, adding the flooding was caused by insufficient drainages.

According to him, SEMA conducted Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment (VCA) on flooding as part of proactive measures to prevent the occurrence of the disaster across the state.

He said that was why the state recorded less flooding compared to previous years.

He said the agency would liaise with the State Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) and Urban and Regional Development Planning Board (URDPB) to prevent people from dumping refuse and constructing houses on waterways.

“We always work hand-in-hand with these relevant agencies to achieve our objective that is to say we take proactive measures on the issue of flooding.

“That is why this year, we recorded less cases,” he said.

The executive secretary said SEMA would continue to enlighten the public on the need to take proactive measures against the disaster.