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Flood displaces 18,406 in Borno – SEMA

The Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) said that no fewer than 18,406 people have been displaced by flood in 14 local government areas of…

The Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) said that no fewer than 18,406 people have been displaced by flood in 14 local government areas of the state.

The Director-General of the Agency, Yabawa Kolo, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri on Monday.

She said the affected people including women and children were displaced as a result of heavy rainfall recorded this season.

She listed the affected areas to include Shani, Kwaya Kusar, Biu, Damboa, Askira Uba, Chibok, Kaga, Dikwa, Maiduguri, Monguno, Jere, Mobbar, Gwoza, Monguno and Kala Balge among others.

The SEMA boss said the damage assessment exercise conducted in Monguno and Kala Balve local government areas showed that the flood submerged farmlands, displaced 1,735 people, destroyed 681 shelters and 112 toilet facilities at the GGSS, NRC and Gana Ali Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps.

“Reports from international partners in different fields and locations indicated that a total of 4,989 houses were destroyed and 16,393 victims were affected.

“This prompted SEMA to conduct a rapid independent assessment to ascertain the actual level of damage.

“Most of the displaced persons are seeking shelter in primary schools in neighbouring communities. They are now in need of shelter kits, mats, blankets and food items,” she said.

Yabawa said that the state’s Flood Response Committee, headed by the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Usman Kadafur, has been working to assist the victims of the disaster. (NAN)