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Flood: 1,838 dwellings destroyed, 3 deaths in Gombe

Flood: 1,838 dwellings destroyed, 3 deaths in Gombe

The Gombe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), says the state’s flood disaster in 2023 claimed three lives and injured twenty-two more.

The agency said between May and October of 2023, the calamity also claimed the lives of seven animals and devastated 1,838 homes and 257 farmlands.

The Executive Secretary of the agency, Abdullahi Abdullahi, stated this in an interview with newsmen on Thursday in Gombe.

Abdullahi said eight out of the 11 local government areas of the state experienced the disaster as against three LGAs predicted in the 2023 Flood Outlook.

He listed Akko; Funakaye, Balanga, Gombe, Nafada, Kaltungo, Shongom and Yamaltu/Deba as the worst-hit areas.

The Secretary said the rains accompanied by strong windstorms ravaged farmlands causing damage to the farmers in the affected communities.

The government, he said, distributed relief materials to victims of the disaster to assuage their sufferings.

According to him, the state government is making an effort to expand the scope of the support services to all the affected communities.

“Gov. Inuwa Yahaya has approved relief materials to some communities affected.

“We have also submitted reports of flooding in the remaining communities and efforts are on to also provide relief materials to them,” he said.

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