17-07-2018, 04:23 PM
President Muhammadu Buhari, on
Monday, expressed his sadness and
concern about the devastation caused by
floods in his home state, Katsina, and
other parts of the country.
In a statement by his Senior Special
Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba
Shehu, the President pledged the Federal
Government’s support for the victims of the
Buhari said he had been saddened to
observe the devastation and loss of lives
caused by the floods in Katsina State and
other parts of the federation.
He said he had accordingly directed the
National Emergency Management Agency
to do everything that would bring succour
to the victims wherever they were.
“As rescue and prevention efforts
continue, let me express the sincere
condolences of my family, the government
and people of Nigeria to all the victims of
the destruction by the floods.
“Let me assure you that we stand ready to
provide, within available resources, every
assistance that is needed to bring comfort
to those in distress,” the President said.
Governor Aminu Masari on Monday
evening confirmed that 44 lives were lost
while 20 people were missing in the
overnight rainstorm that ravaged Katsina
State border town of Jibia.
The rainstorm reportedly started about 11
pm on Sunday and it lasted over two
The governor, who made the disclosure at
a press conference in Katsina, said he
had never seen such a disaster in his life.
He said, “You need to go there, it was a
real disaster. As of the time we left Jibia,
no less than 44 people were confirmed
dead while over 500 houses were
“I have informed the President about the
incident and he has called to sympathise
with the people.
“As a government, we shall find
permanent solutions to the problem.
“We know Jibia is a flood-prone area and
we build drainage. But what happened
was that instead of water to flow to the
river through the drainage, water from the
river was flowing back into the drainage,
thereby causing the flooding during the
“We are going to redirect the water flow
and I have passed out necessary
“We have also taken measures to
ameliorate the sufferings of the victims.
“The National Emergency Management
Agency has also been duly informed and
they are sending relief materials to the
The Executive Secretary, Katsina State
Emergency Management Agency, Dr
Aminu Waziri, had earlier said, “What we
are doing presently is to find temporary
accommodation for those whose houses
have been washed away or damaged.
We must provide them where they can put
their heads for heaven may open up
“Sympathisers from our neighbouring
country, Niger, helped us fished out two
bodies from their river.”
Sources said that the rainstorm also
damaged farms, while over 260 livestock
including cattle, sheep and goats were