The Executive Secretary of the Gombe State Emergency Management Agency, Mr Abdullahi Abdullahi, said on Thursday that three persons lost their lives and 22 others were injured in the 2023 flood disaster in the state.
He added that the disaster also killed seven animals and destroyed 1,838 houses and 257 farmlands between May and October 2023.
Abdullahi stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Gombe, where he revealed that eight out of the 11 local government areas of the state experienced the flood disaster.
He further disclosed that it was against three LGAs predicted in the 2023 Flood Outlook.
He listed Akko, Funakaye, Balanga, Gombe, Nafada, Kaltungo, Shongom, and Yamaltu/Deba as the worst-hit areas.
The secretary said the rains, accompanied by strong windstorms, ravaged farmlands, causing damage to the farmers in the affected communities.
The government, he said, distributed relief materials to victims of the disaster to ease their suffering.
According to him, the state government is making an effort to expand the scope of the support services to all the affected communities.
“Governor Inuwa Yahaya has approved relief materials for some communities affected.
“We have also submitted reports of flooding in the remaining communities, and efforts are on to also provide relief materials to them,” he said.
He said the agency had written to the National Emergency Management Agency and the North East Development Commission to facilitate support for the victims.
Speaking on the impact of this year’s flood, Abdullahi said there was a drop in the number of lives lost, adding that effective sensitisation activities contributed positively in this regard.
“Upon receiving a flood alert from Nigerian Meteorological Agency and NASA, Governor Yahaya directed massive sensitisation as well as the activation of emergency response to mitigate the impact of the flood disaster.
“This helped in creating awareness amongst residents of the state,” he added.