No fewer than 52,956 persons have been displaced by flooding across Kebbi State.
They are in 175 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps, Governor Atiku Bagudu said on Thursday.
Speaking during an Independence Day broadcast, he said: “It should be noted that the figure does not include those displaced persons squatting with their neighbours, relatives and good-spirited individuals in all the areas affected.”
The governor noted that the state’s geographical location and topography put it at the risk of seasonal flooding.
He said: “The 250 kilometres FADAMA plain rice-producing belt was flooded by the overflow of River Rima.
“Where the river joins River Niger is about 312 kilometres. On both sides of it is rice with other crops [which were] flooded away.“
Bagudu said the overflow led to the displacement of most of the villages and towns along the riverbank across 19 local government areas within Gwandu, Argungu and Yauri emirates.
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“In some areas, bridges and roads were either washed away or submerged.
“In upland Zuru Emirate, some local government areas encountered heavy rain, which destroyed houses, schools, hospitals and a lot of other social infrastructure.
“Virtually all the local government areas in the state are affected by the heavy flooding. We have experienced such in the past. So, it is not new to us.
“In 2018, there was flooding that affected 14 states, prompting Federal Government’s intervention with N23 billion, seedlings, fertilisers input, among others.
“Certainly, this scale is going to be bigger, but I believe with the right sensitisation many of us can support each other to cushion the effect,” he said.
The governor urged the Federal Government to come up with holistic National Drainage Architecture to tackle the problem.