The Kano State Emergency Relief and Rehabilitation Agency (SERARA) on Friday said that three persons have been killed due to flooding in the state in 2016.
The Executive Secretary of the Agency, Alhaji Aliyu Bashir, said that the figure opposes the figure given by the Northwest zone of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) earlier this year which put the number of deaths at 18.
He added that out of the three people, two died in Bebeji Local Government Area of the state, while the remaining one died in Kiru Local Government Area.
Alhaji Bashir said no fewer than 3, 500 houses were destroyed by flood between July and August, while food and cash crops worth millions of Naira were washed away by the flood during the period.
Also, he added that nine local government areas were affected by flood this year. These local government areas are Bebeji, Dawakin Kudu, Kiru, Shanono, Bagwai, Garun-Malam, Kano Municipal, Bichi and Takai.
He said the agency had since sent officials to all the affected areas to try to assess the damage caused by the disaster. He explained that they would compile a comprehensive report on the disaster for submission to the state government and the National Emergency Management Agency for necessary assistance to the victims.
The executive secretary disclosed that the state government had recently released N2.9 million for all victims of flooding in Warawa local government area of the state and that the government had to immediately assist the flood victims in Warawa because of the magnitude of the disaster.