Dr Ibrahim Kabir, Director-General of Bauchi State Environmental Protection Agency (BASEPA), has confirmed the death of three people as a result of the flood which damaged 1,453 houses and several farmlands in Zaki and Gamawa local government areas.
Kabir stated this while briefing Governor Bala Mohammed when he paid a sympathy visit to the affected communities on Saturday in Zaki local government area.
He said after assessment of the damage caused by the heavy downpour on Wednesday, it was discovered that three people were killed, 1,453 houses were damaged and unquantified farmlands in the two LGAs were destroyed.
He said the flood also cut off roads linking the two local government areas with communities and some parts of the state in six places on the highway.
“As palliative measures, the communities need 14 canoes as means of transportation to cross the cut-off roads to continue their normal businesses,” he said.
Dr Kabir advised the communities to relocate to safer areas to guarantee their safety.
Governor Mohammed commiserated with the communities over the deaths and the destruction of houses and farmlands in the two local government areas.
He called for collective efforts in addressing the devastating effects of incessant floodings affecting communities across the state.
Mohammed, while inspecting the level of damages caused by the flood, said the communities were exposed to the dangers of flooding.
He called on the Federal Government to assist the state in providing a permanent solution to the problem and providing palliative to victims. (NAN)