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Flood: Senate demands relief materials for victims

The senate has urged the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to coordinate with the State Emergency Management Agencies, especially in Jigawa, to provide humanitarian assistance to flood-ravaged areas.

The senate also urged relevant agencies to provide timely warning to flood-prone areas to forestall the loss of lives and property.

The resolutions followed a motion on the urgent need for humanitarian support and assistance to victims of flooding across the country, especially in Jigawa.
The motion was sponsored by Sankara Abdullahi (APC-Jigawa) and co-sponsored by other 108 senators.
Mr Abdullahi, in his lead debate, noted the devastating impact of flooding across the country, especially in parts of Jigawa State, due to heavy rainfalls in August.
He said the flooding caused the death of about 100 persons, displaced thousands of persons, including women and children, and washed away bridges, roads, farmlands and over 1500 houses.
Mr Abdullahi expressed concern that the major part of the affected local government areas was still submerged with the state emergency response agency not being able to handle the disaster alone.

He further expressed worry that if urgent medical and humanitarian assistance are not deployed to the affected victims, a major health challenge may result from the disaster. (NAN)

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