No fewer than 15 people have died, while 24 people were injured in flood disasters that accompanied torrential downpour that have ravaged many communities across the 20 local government areas of Bauchi State since the 2021 rainy season began.
The Head of Operations, State Emergency Management Agency in Bauchi State, Dr. Abubakar Gabarin disclosed this during an exclusive interview with The PUNCH in his office on Monday.
Speaking, Dr. Gabarin said, however, that only eight people have died across the state.
Checks byPUNCH Correspondent from sources within SEMA, meanwhile, showed that the deaths were no fewer than 15 across the 20 LGAs of the state.
A source in SEMA said that as of August 12th, 2021, “five people died in Jama’are, three in Gamawa, three in Ningi while one person each died in Toro and Darazo LGAs.
“At least, two more deaths were recorded with one in Duguri village in Alkaleri LGA and one more in another LGA.”
Gabarin said that properties worth more than N900 million have been destroyed across the state including over 6,000 hectares of rice, maize, wheat, millet and other crops, hundreds of houses, 24 bridges, 74 culverts, 573 different animals and many other valuables.
He said: “So far, all the 20 local government areas of the state have been affected by flooding this year. As of last week, only three LGAs had not brought their reports but this morning, they brought theirs.
“So far, the estimated value of houses, farmlands, animals, properties affected are worth N900 million. And that is not all since the rain is still falling and the reports have not stop coming from the LGAs, and even this morning, I got two reports that are not part of what I have told you.
“From our assessment so far, people affected across the state are over 2,062. Hundreds of houses were affected – some of them collapsed, some only sections were destroyed.
“For the farms, we have over 6,000 hectares of rice, maize, wheat, millet and many other crops were submerged and destroyed, 24 bridges and 74 culverts were destroyed and about 573 animals were killed in the flood across the state.
“We also received the report that 24 people were injured with most of them treated and discharged from the hospital.
“There are pockets of deaths as a result of the flooding like in Gadan Maiwa were three travellers were washed away. In Jama’are, three corpses were recovered which the flood brought from a different place.
“In Darazo, there is one person, in Duguri, Alkaleri LGA, there is one person, Zaki, one person. So far, only eight people have died, but the sad thing is that the flooding is still happening and NiMet (Nigerian Meteorological Agency) is warning that more rain will still fall.”