At least 13 people lost their lives and 13,226 people were displaced in the recent floods that hit Kano State.
The Executive Secretary of the Kano State Emergency Management Agency, Saleh Jili, disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Kano late on Monday.
Jili also said that a total of 14,364 farmers lost their farm products in the disaster.
“A total of 13,226 people were displaced and 14,364 farmers lost their farm products. So, in total, more than 30,000 people have been affected by the flood this year,” he said.
According to him, many victims of the flood were accommodated by their relatives and friends, as none of those affected by the flood stayed in the IDP camp.
He noted that although the state had a well-equipped IDP camp, most of the flood-affected people did not stay there.
“Unlike other states where flood victims stayed in IDP camps or schools, here in Kano, not a single person affected by the flood stayed in the camp; they were hosted by their relatives and friends.
“These people stayed with their family and friends until they got their houses in order before going back.”
He noted that all the 44 local government areas in the state were affected by the floods, noting that only in Warawa LGA an entire community was flooded.
“In Wudil and Warawa Local Government Areas, which were the worst affected, Kano SEMA had to use a canoe to transport the affected people from one area to another,” Jili said.
However, he disclosed that the victims returned to their homes in a short time, as soon as the water dried up.
As he stated, before the rains started, the state government made people in the communities aware of the need to be careful about blocking drains and waterways.