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The death toll from floods in northern Nigeria rises to 40

October 1, 2020

The death toll from the floods that have struck the Nigerian state of Jigawa in the north of the country for several months has risen to 40, local authorities confirmed on Thursday, who have stressed that this is the worst in the area of the country since 1988.

Jigawa State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) executive secretary Sani Yusuf has said the deaths were recorded in 19 local governments, with the emirate of Hadejia hardest hit by Nigerian newspaper ‘The Premium Times’.

Yusuf stressed that the number of victims corresponds to the period since the start of the rainy season and stressed that the agency, with the support of the federal government, is doing everything in its power to reduce the impact of the situation on the population.

The death toll from floods in northern Nigeria rises to 40
The death toll from floods in northern Nigeria rises to 40

Hamza Muhamad, the regional government’s special advisor on community development and social inclusion, has attributed the floods to the overflow of two dams in Kano state due to the rains and pointed to climate change as one of the reasons.

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