Rainstorm destroyed over 3,800 houses, killed 5 persons in Katsina – SEMA

The State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), has disclosed that five persons lost their lives and no fewer than 3,813 houses were destroyed by rainstorms in 13 local government areas of Katsina State this year.

The Spokesperson of SEMA, Mr Umar Muhammad, SEMA’s spokesman said while three out of five persons were killed by the rainstorm in Kankara Local Government Area, the other two occurred in Mai’adua Local Government Area.

Umar gave the breakdown of the destroyed houses across the state as follows:

“In Kankara Local Government Area, 176 houses were destroyed; in Danja LGA 125 houses were destroyed while 86 houses were destroyed in Kankia LGA.

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“In Katsina Local Government Area, 620 houses were destroyed; in Musawa Local Government Area, 482 houses were destroyed while 361 were destroyed in Batagarawa Local Government Area.

“In Kusada Local Government Area, 311 houses were destroyed; in Sabuwa Local Government Area, 111 houses were destroyed, while Zango Local Government Area lost 105 houses,’’ he said.

Umar also noted that 443 houses were lost in Batsari Local Government Area.

He listed five other areas where rainstorms wreaked havoc to include Mashi, Mani, Mai’adua, Dandume and Matazu.

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According to the SEMA’s spokesman, “The state government is working round the clock to prevent further flooding and to that effect has constituted a committee to work towards preventing the outbreak of cholera in affected communities.”

To cushion the effect of the disaster, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouq on 1 September 2022, presented seven trucks of assorted relief materials through the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to the state government for onward distribution to the affected victims

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