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Pains, sorrow at Jibia

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Pains, sorrow at Jibia

Over 1,104 households were rendered homeless in Jibia, Katsina state,three days ago when a torrential rainfall that started around 11:00pm and lasted for almost four hours washed away more than 20 houses, domestic animals, household belongings and food items.

One of the victims, Mallam Sani Yahaya said he lost everything in his house. Not only that, the house also completely collapsed and his bride was swept away by the flood only to find her dead body in the village at the neighbouring Niger Republic. Mallam Sani who is a merchandise trader, revealed that his two day old Ummi Hindatu was drowned in the water coming from a river during the rainstorm tragedy and all efforts to rescue her from the flood proved unsuccessful, according to him. Later the following day his late wife Ummi was found dead at village in Niger Republic by the rescue team who had been assigned in searching for the drowned affected victims.

 

The victim who was in tears told New Telegraph, “I wished we had died together but definitely I will join her sooner or later,” he said. Another victim Mallam Lawal said that he lost his 22-year-old wife Rahama Lawal, who he said, lost her life in an attempt to rescue some of their properties being carried away by the flood. Mallam Lawal, however told New Telegraph that his nine children and remaining two wives narrowly escaped from the flood disaster. Mallam Lawal who is among the disaster victims talking refuge at the Jibia Central Model Primary School, said last Sunday’s disaster though not the first in the history of Jibia, but this is the worst disaster ever that happened in the town. He was however quick to remember that similar incidence of flooding has happened in 2003 in the town where six people died and properties worth millions of Naira were damaged, but was not like that of last Sunday; describing as the calamity of the century in the history of Jibia town. Lawal, who was a resident of Tudun Turaki Quarters, an area that was worst hit by the flood, averred that most residents were aware of constructing their houses in that area knowing fully that it’s a waterway for years. Only that some years back, the rains was not heavy in the area, as such that was why they build their houses there coupled with their financial strength as most of them cannot purchase land in high brow areas of the town to build their own houses. Many of them living in Tudun Turaki are less privileged people, according to him.

He however said they are ready for relocation to any other area by the authorities. Since the occurrence of the flood, the town has witnessed sympathisers from neighbouring states of Katsina to sympathise with the flood victims of Jibia more especially as the town is a border commercial nerve centre of Katsina State because of its big border market that attracts businessmen and women from across the country and the neighbouring Niger Republic every Sundays.

Bello Masari who was among the early callers at the scene of the flood disaster wept for the huge loss of people and property. The governor said he has never seen such a flooding like this and really sympathise with the victims. He said he had received the report submitted to him that more than 500 houses were destroyed and over 58 people died with some even still missing. Last week, a delegation of President Muhammadu Buhari were in Katsina to commensurate with the good people of Katsina State over the loss of the former I.G. Ibrahim Commassie later visited the Emir’s of Katsina and Daura at the Palace of Katsina Emir Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabir Usman where they also sympathise with the Jibia flood victims.

Responding the Emir of Katsina disclosed that another 10 people were discovered dead in a collapsed shop in Jibia situation he described as very sad and heart-touching. Meanwhile, 466 households affected by the recent floods disaster in Jibia have received relief packages from the federal and state government’s joint emergency management committee. Head of the committee and acting Chairman of Jibia Local Government Area, Alhaji Mustafa Idris Danmusa disclosed this to our correspondent who visited the temporary IDP shelter in Jibia.

 

Alhaji Mustafa Danmusa explained that the committee has so far received N4,000 cash assistance from government and well-meaning citizens. Other items received by the committee include 800 bags of rice, 400 bags of maize, 300 bags of millet, 200 bags of guinea corn, 50 bags of sugar, 100 cartons of spaghetti, 50 gallons of cooking oil, 650 mattresses, 1100 bundles of brocade and 200 mosquito nets. Alhaji Mustafa Danmusa also noted that the committee has received various relief items from Maradi State in Niger Republic as well as wealthy individuals from within and outside Katsina State.

However, out of the thirteen trucks of relief materials promised by the federal government, Alhaji Mustafa Danmusa said the committee has only received two trucks. Our correspondent reports that some of the displaced persons have relocated to houses of friends and neighbours while over 400 families are still taking refuge at the primary school in Jibia.

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