by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
About 59 communities in eleven Local Government Areas of Yobe State have been ravaged by flood, following torrential rainfall in the area.
This was made known by Secretary of the Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Dr. Mohammed Goje, while giving update on the disaster across the state recently.
According to him, the affected communities include Gulani, Gujba, Damaturu, Machina, Geidam, Jakusko, Karasuwa, Bursari, Fika, Nangere and Potiskum local government areas.
He said, “SEMA, in line with our collective efforts as directed by Governor Mai Mala Buni and, in accordance with the Agency’s statutory mandates, has since commenced activities necessary for effective mitigation, victims’ support and recovery.
He added that, “These operational tasks are multi-jurisdictional, multi-sectoral, multi-disciplinary and multi-resource, which are driven and coordinated by SEMA on behalf of Yobe State Government.”
He noted that, in a bid to support the victims, the governor has directly engaged with National Emergency Management Agency leadership and also opened communication with Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) as well as Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development (FM-HADMSD).
“Also, multi-sectoral onsite assessment was carried out by his Excellency the Deputy Governor, Idi Barde Gubana, especially at the scene of the flooding and collapsed bridge linking 9 wards of Gulani LGA to the rest of the State and country.
“We have successfully relocated all the affected victims in worse hit communities, from Gujba and Gulani LGAs to approved public places and safe host neighbouring communities,” he stated.
The secretary explained further that, the State Humanitarian Agency had also provided first line food basket to the displaced victims across 18 communities in Gujba, Gulani and Damaturu council areas.
Dr. Gone stated that, an institutional arrangement had commenced between Yobe State Government and the Nigerian Army to provide an alternative and improvised fold-able bridge in Gulani to re-link communities.