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.