At least 18 persons have been killed in the past two weeks with property worth over N700 million destroyed by flood in Kano state, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), said on Saturday.
A statement issued by the North-West Zonal Coordinator of the agency, Alhaji Musa Ilallah in Kano, revealed that the torrential flood ravaged about 22 local government areas of the state.
While collaborating with the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), in the assessment of the damages in the areas, NEMA said properties, including houses and farmlands were lost to the floods.
The statement read: “The worst affected local government areas are Shanono, Bagwai, Kiru with 749 victims and N347million worth of properties damaged.
“The other areas affected are Rano, Kibiya, Bunkure, Gabasawa, Dawakin Tofa, Kano Municipal, Danbatta and Takai.
“Others are Dawakin Kudu, Karaye, Rogo, Kura, Wudil, Bichi, Sumaila, Garun Mallam, Ungoggo, Bebeji and Warawa.”
“NEMA commiserates with the government and people of Kano state over the loss of lives and also sympathises with victims who lost their properties in the flood.
“NEMA assures that it will continue to partner the Kano State Government to alleviate the sufferings of victims of all disasters in the state.”
NEMA advised the communities along the river Niger to evacuate immediately to safer ground over the likelihood of floods that may occur at any moment.