By Ahmed Abba
No less than 31,000 households have been affected by floods in 255 communities across 17 Local Government Areas in Yobe state.
These figures were disclosed by Dr Mohammed Goje, the Executive Secretary of, the Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) on Wednesday in Damaturu.
“As of Oct. 2, 2022, over 31,000 households were affected by floods across 255 communities from 17 LGAs of the State.
“Gujba Mutai, Kukuwa Tasha, Buni Gari and Buni yadi, Gulani, Jakusko, Tarmuwa, Geidam and Bade witnessed the worst in nearly half a century,” he said.
Goje added that 75 fatalities had been reported as a direct consequence of wind storms and floods, with many more lives at risk across 10 area councils from May to date.
“Including 11 due to boat mishaps, over 200 sustained injuries and were treated and discharged free.”
He said those in flood-prone areas and along waterways had been the hardest hit by the floods.
According to him, a total of 6,592 people have been internally displaced across the affected communities.
“This does not include Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) returnee communities who are just returning and have limited access to farmlands,” he said.
Meanwhile, he pointed out that preliminary reports and desk review indicate that so far 92 water points and lots of WASH facilities, agricultural products, and livestock were also affected.
He said the agency had successfully relocated some victims in worse-hit communities to approved public places and safe host neighbouring communities.
“SEMA has provided and distributed first-line food baskets to some of the affected population.
“We invited all resident humanitarian and development partners to plan for medium and long-term responses and recovery using the state humanitarian coordination platform to mobilize resources for effective multi-sectoral disaster responses,” he said.