400 Farms Destroyed as Flood Hits Bauchi, Borno

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SWITZERLAND, AUGUST 22 – No fewer than  400 farms  were  destroyed by flooding   in the Jama’are Local Government Area of Bauchi State   on Tuesday.

Also, flooding has  taken over  residential quarters and major roads in Maiduguri, Borno State,  following heavy rains  on Monday and Tuesday  in the metropolis.

The Caretaker Committee Chairman of the Jama’are LGA, Samalia Jirma,  who confirmed the destruction of the farms,  visited the affected  farmers on Wednesday.

Jirma, who was represented by the Head of Administration of the  council, Kabiru Marafa, said  the flood in the area followed  overflowing of  River Jama’are.

According to him,   the  council   experiences flooding every year due to rise in the water level of the river.

The council chief said, “Farmers in this local government area are always at the receiving end because it affects their farms which most of them depend on for their livelihoods.

“We want to use this opportunity to caution parents to warn their children to avoid going to the river bank, especially when it rains. This is to avoid  any child being swept away.”

Jirma called on the state government  to help the  farmers.

According to news reports, the flooding in Maiduguri caused people’s houses to be submerged.

Some of the areas affected were Polo, Gomari major roads and Bakassi Internally Displaced Persons  camp.

Residents have attributed the flooding to the blockage of waterways due to indiscriminate dumping of refuse into drains.

A  resident of the Polo area of the city, Abdulrahim Abba, said his house was submerged by flood  due to the blockage of drains in the area.

He said,  “There  was  too much water flowing into my compound; the entire house is submerged.

“The drains are blocked which makes  water run into residential homes.”

One of the  displaced persons at the Bakassi camp, Mrs Hauwa Ali,  said  her tent and several others were submerged due to lack of outlets to drain the water from the camp.

Another resident, Mohammed Shehu, decried the perennial flooding of  major roads due to blockage of drains in the metropolis.

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