Over 100 families in Jajimaji, Karasuwa local government area of Yobe state, have been rendered homeless by fl ood that took over the area after a heavy downpour, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. “Th e fl ood was caused by a torrential downpour which happened Saturday morning and lasted for several hours. “It displaced several people and destroyed their property and farms,” Ubaliyo Gambo, the chairman of the local government told journalists in Jajimaji yesterday.
NAN reports that offi cials of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) had visited the area to assess the damage for immediate intervention. SEMA’s Permanent Secretary, Musa Jidawa, said “we are here under the directive of the state governor Ibrahim Gaidam to assess the damage and provide urgent assistance to the victims.” He observed that the area had been fl ood-prone and needed to either relocate to another place or a massive drainage be provided as a permanent solution to the fl oods. “I am happy the council is considering the relocation of the victims to a new layout as a measure to curtail the yearly displacement of the people by fl ood,” he said.