Worried by the destruction caused by flood in some communities across Borno state, Governor Babagana Umara Zulum has assigned his deputy, Umar Usman Kadafur, to lead an assessment team to a tour of all affected local government areas for the purpose of ascertaining the extent of damage and support victims.
Zulum announced the measure Tuesday after assessing a vegetable market at Moro Moro, a community around customs in Maiduguri, which has been ravaged by flooding.
The governor commiserated with flood victims across the state.
“We are once again visited by this unfortunate flooding which has affected communities not only in Maiduguri but in some local government areas. Insha’Allah, the deputy governor, Kadafur, will be heading an assessment team that will visit all affected communities in all the local government areas that have been affected, with a view to determining the extent of damage, and identify victims for the purpose of intervention by the state government,” Zulum said.
He also spoke on problems associated with blocking of water ways, adding that more than 1,000 houses have been illegally built on routes that ought to be water channels and as a result, forcing water to pass through communities and cause destructions.
Zulum said the state government will provide temporary measures for now, but after the rainy season, there will be need for permanent measures that may require resettling shelters currently located on water ways, after coming with a consultative approach.