‘My Entire Home Is Destroyed’, Sudan Villagers Lament Over Nile Floods

 

Days after a devastating flood swallowed up his village, Alsediq Abdelqader bulled his truck through the waters in a desperate attempt to locate his small house north of the Sudanese capital.

Flash floods from the Nile inundated his home last week in Wad Ramli village on the eastern river bank, expelling him and his family who managed to clamber aboard a ferry to the nearest dry land.

His drive through the flash floods was not easy as he had to avoid floating mattresses, house appliances and broken tree branches.

“My entire home is destroyed,” said the 57-year-old. “I have lived all my life in this village and I have never seen a flood like this before.”

“I’m struggling to recognise my house and trying to identify it, as some others have done, by the trees around it.”

His home is among thousands destroyed or damaged by the floods that struck at least 15 states, affecting nearly 200,000 people across Sudan.

The worst hit area was White Nile state in the south.

About 62 people were killed and nearly 100 injured overall, said the official SUNA news agency quoting a health ministry official as saying the crisis “did not reach the level of being declared a disaster.”

Volunteers and aid workers immediately rushed to Wad Ramli when the savage floods hit.

Authorities dispatched lorries and boats to wade through the thick water to rescue families and salvage their furniture and valuables.

But Abdelqader was among the less fortunate, unable to find their belongings.

“I have not managed to recover any of my furniture or belongings. My family is now staying with relatives in a nearby village,” said Abdelqader.

‘Mosquitoes Everywhere’

On the main road outside Wad Ramli, piles of sodden furniture are strewn about as homeless families shelter in dozens of make-shift tents.

The crisis comes as Sudan ushers in a political transition to civilian rule.

A prime minister and a civilian majority ruling body are to oversee a three-year transitional period following the ouster of veteran ruler Omar al-Bashir in April.

On Friday, the newly-appointed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok visited Wad Ramli and gave directives to intensify aid efforts.

The UN says the crisis is expected to drag on until October.

“We have not been able to survey the number of houses affected in Wad Ramli due to the rising water levels,” said Farouk Ahmed, supervisor of a Red Crescent aid team.

He estimates the village alone had about 6,000 residents.

And as Wad Ramli inhabitants reel from the floods, residents of nearby villages are bracing themselves for water levels to keep rising.

In Wawesi Gharb village, about half a kilometre (500 yards), 35-year-old farmer Sami Ali says he is running out of ways to roll back the water threat.

“We placed piles of sandbags around houses to reduce the damage in case we were flooded especially after the water surrounded our village from all sides,” he said.

Another resident, 24-year-old Hozeifa al-Ser, expressed fear of an outbreak of diseases especially as “mosquitoes and flies are hovering everywhere”.

‘We Will Go Back’

Mobile health clinics were set up outside the village to serve Wad Ramli but aid workers say medicine and food are in short supply.

In the tents, hundreds of villagers are pondering ways return to their lives.

Along with her two sisters and their families, Nafisa al-Saeed said they plan to go back home after the water recedes.

“We lived in this village all our lives. We will have to go back and rebuild our houses. Authorities just have to build flood barriers but we will not leave this place,” she said.

But 19-year-old Shehab al-Din Mohamed says he lost his documents and identification cards as well as university application papers.

“The academic year will start soon and I have no idea how I would submit my documents after I lost everything,” he said.

“It seems like we will be living here (in the tent) until October, and I have no idea what to do.”

Hundreds Displaced As Flood Sweeps Five LGs In Adamawa

 

Five local government areas of Adamawa state have been submerged following heavy rainfall.

The downpour, which started at about 9am on Saturday and lasted several hours, disrupted commercial and official activities in Yola, the Adamawa state capital.

No fewer than 200 residents of Yola have been displaced as a result of flooding that followed the heavy downpour, although no life was lost.

The downpour left many communities submerged, causing culverts to overflow and wreaking havoc in some homes in Yola North and South Local Government Areas of the state.

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Some of the affected areas are Modire in Yolde-Pate, Wuro-Hausa, Shagari, Bachure, Army Barracks Road, Damilu, Jambutu, and parts of Nassarawo in Yola.

The incident attracted the attention of the state government as the Deputy Governor, Mr Crowther Seth, accompanied by other government officials visited the affected communities for on the spot assessment.

He blamed the illegal erection of structures as the cause of perennial flooding in the state capital and appealed to the Federal Government for immediate intervention.

Seth admitted that the problem was overwhelming for the state government, considering the security challenges confronting the state.

On his part, the Executive Secretary of Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Dr Aminu Suleiman, said measures have been taken by the agency to cushion the effects on the victims.

Out of the over two hundred displaced persons, 95 per cent are said to be women and children.

According to the SEMA, the local government areas submerged by flood are Yola North, Yola South, Girie, Shelleng and Ganye.

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Six Killed As Floods Displace Over 600 In Jigawa

 

Six people have been confirmed killed following heavy rainfall in Jigawa State, north-west Nigeria.

The Executive Secretary of the Jigawa State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr Sani Yusuf, confirmed this to Channels Television on Tuesday.

According to him, about four Local Government Areas (LGAs) – Kirikasamma, Kafin Hausa, Guri, and Birninkudu – were flooded after the downpour.

Yusuf explained that a pregnant woman named Halima Manu, and two of her children – four-year-old Aisha Manu and two-year-old Dauda Manu – were killed after their mud house collapsed on them.

He added that a couple in Madici Village in Kirikasamma LGA were also killed while in Kafin Hausa LGA, another couple was affected.

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The SEMA boss confirmed that the woman died while her husband was taken to a hospital for treatment.

He noted that a bridge collapsed and many houses were destroyed by flood in Gwaza Village of Birninkudu LGA.

Yusuf said the flood displaced at least 600 people, some of whom are taking refuge in schools in the state.

During a visit to some of the affected villages, the Deputy Governor in the state, Umar Namadi, promised the victims that they would get relief materials from the government.

Kaduna Emergency Agency Warns Residents To Quit Flood-Prone Areas

File Photo: Flood Ravages Several Houses In Kaduna

 

The Kaduna State Ministry of Environment and Emergency Management Agency (KASEMA) has warned residents living around flood prone areas to evacuate their homes.

According to the agency, as the rains intensify, there’s a likelihood of flooding to occur.

In  2018 alone, over 500 houses were submerged in flood and many residents were displaced  in areas like Going Gora,  Kamazo,  Karatudu,  kigo Road,  Ungwar Rimi,   Rafin Guza,  Romi and Zaria  among others, as a result of their refusal to heed to early warnings by emergency agencies.

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The State Commissioner for Environment, Ibrahim Husseini, says the warnings are important in order to avoid a recurrence of such unfortunate incidents.

This comes days after several persons were killed in Niger State, after some communities were ravaged by flood.

In a similar manner, hundreds were displaced in Jigawa State after some communities were hit by flood.

Hundreds Of Families Displaced After Flood Hits Jigawa

 

Hundreds of families have been displaced in Jigawa State after a flood hit several homes in four local government areas of the state.

The flooding which affected Miga, Guri, Hadejia and Kaugama LGAs, followed a downpour on Thursday which caused the Hadejiya Jam’are River to overflow.

Many families who were, thereafter, forced out of their homes, are now taking refuge in schools.

“The water has destroyed all my belongings including our food items, now we have nowhere to stay except this school. I had to carry two of my children on my head and walked for over an hour in the water before we could get out.” a resident of Guri Local Government, Malam Salihu Inuwa, told Channels Television.

 

Another victim, Larai Tanimu who is also taking refuge in a school has called on the government to intervene.

“We have left everything at home, because I can only carry my children. And now I don’t have anything to give them they are crying. Please help us.”

The state Deputy Governor, Alhaji Umar Namadi who visited the area on Friday said the government is doing its best to bring emergency assistance to the victims.

Meanwhile, pumping machines have been deployed to drain the water and trucks are seen creating sand walls to prevent future disasters.

Flood Sweeps 15 Oil-Producing Communities In Imo

Flood Sweeps 15 Oil-Producing Communities In Imo

 

No fewer than 15 communities have been submerged by flood in the river-rine and oil-producing local government areas of Ohaji Egbema and Oguta in Imo State.

The state coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Evans Ugoh, confirmed this to Channels Television.

According to him, the flood sacked many homes and farmlands while the devastating effect has caused heavy damage to the livelihood and economic well-being of the people of the area.

Ugoh noted that apart from being oil-producing communities, the affected areas are purely agrarian communities.

He said after concluding its assessment on the incident, NEMA would put appropriate measures in place immediately come to the aid of the people to cushion the effect of the flood.

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Ohaji Egbema and Oguta are the two main oil-producing and river-rine LGAs in the state.

In both local governments, over a hundred communities are located at the bank of the River Niger and during heavy rains, these communities are always major causalities of flooding as a result of the overflow of the river.

Mmahu, Etekuru, Obiaakpu, Abor, Oguta I and II, Ezi Orsu, Orsu Obodo, Umuorji, Abacheke are some of the communities affected most by the flood.

Some of the victims narrated their ordeal during an interview with Channels Television and called for the government’s intervention.

Reacting to the incident, a lawmaker representing the area in the House of Representatives, Mr Uju Kingsley, promised to raise the issue on the floor of the lower chamber of the National Assembly.

He, however, called on the federal and state governments to urgently come to the rescue of the people and provide immediate rehabilitation that would help cushion the effect of the flood.

Floods: It’s Important Our People Comply With Early Warning – Buhari

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to Nigerians to always heed early flood warning instructions by relevant government agencies in the country.

He made the plea in a statement on Friday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu.

“It is important that our people listen and immediately comply with early-warning alerts and forecast by government bodies in order to save lives and property from wanton destruction.

“As the saying goes, ‘a stitch in time saves nine,” the President was quoted as saying in the statement.

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He stressed the need to comply with instructions intended to avert the negative consequences of such natural occurrences in the country, without further hesitation.

President Buhari was reacting to an updated brief by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on the magnitude of the havoc wreaked by flash foods, rainstorm, windstorm and fire incidents in the country.

He sympathised with the families of victims who lost their lives, as well as those whose property perished in the incidents.

In order to ameliorate the negative effects of these natural and in some cases, avoidable disasters, the President directed NEMA to immediately provide relief assistance to the affected persons and communities in all the geo-political zones of the country.

Flood: One Killed, Over 100 Houses Destroyed In Bauchi Village

 

Tragedy again struck in Bauchi on Tuesday when at least one person was killed and several persons displaced, following the flood that ravaged Dindima village in Alkaleri Local Government Area of the state.

According to the village head of Dindima, Sale Ubandoma, over 100 houses were affected and several farmlands destroyed as a result of the heavy downpour.

A similar occurrence was recorded at Liman Katagum community where heavy flooding was also recorded with a bridge linking over twenty communities cut off.

The state government has sent a delegation led by the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Abubakar Suleman to the affected communities.

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A part of the delegation is the state emergency management agency which has been directed to expedite action in providing relief materials to the victims of the disaster.

Earlier a pedestrian bridge collapsed at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Gubi Campus killing at least four students and eight others injured.

The bridge which links one of the hostels and another building containing lecture rooms collapsed on Monday midnight, following a heavy downpour.

Following the tragic incident, ATBU management was forced to issue a notice for students to vacate the campus.

Over 250 Dead, Millions Affected After Monsoon Rain Ravages South Asia

Indian residents wade along a flooded street carrying their belongings following heavy monsoon rains at Sitamarhi district in the Indian state of Bihar on July 17, 2019. PHOTO: Sachin KUMAR / AFP

 

Children have been swept away by floodwaters and others killed in landslides caused by heavy monsoon rains across South Asia as the death toll passed 250 on Wednesday.

Across India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, millions of residents have been affected and hundreds of thousands displaced, with homes and boats washed away.

The annual deluge is crucial to replenishing water supplies in the impoverished region, but the downpour from June to September often turns deadly.

In flood-prone Bangladesh, which is crisscrossed by rivers, around one-third of the country is underwater and 59 people have died, officials said.

“It was raining the last few days, the landslide damaged many of our houses and a lot of people are suffering,” said Sanjida Begum in Cox’s Bazar district, home to nearly one million Rohingya Muslim refugees who have fled a military crackdown in Myanmar.

“Children are floating away while crossing these canals, even my nephew was washed away in the canal.”

In India, the death toll rose to at least 100 and in remote areas entire communities were cut off by rising floodwaters which damaged or submerged roads.

“It’s been 15 days (since) this area has been flooded,” a local resident in Assam, where the death toll reached 22, told AFP.

“The damage it has caused is very bad. Cattle have also been affected. Everything has been destroyed.”

Video footage shared on social media showed rescuers pulling a rhinoceros calf from swollen floodwaters in the state’s World Heritage-listed Kaziranga National Park, home to two-thirds of the world’s remaining one-horned rhinos.

In Bihar, which borders Nepal — and like Assam is one of the worst-affected regions in India — locals told AFP they were unable to reach food supplies.

Some 33 deaths have been reported and 2.5 million residents affected in the state. Locals were erecting makeshift shelters on elevated land with the meagre belongings they had salvaged from the floodwaters.

In Mumbai, the number of victims from a building collapse following heavy rains rose to 14.

Mixed outlook

Authorities said floods would worsen in certain regions, while other areas would get some respite over the next few days.

Conditions in Assam state have not improved, officials said, with the army called in to help out with rescue efforts. Water levels in parts of Bihar have receded as the rain has cleared and some sunshine returned.

In the worst-affected district in Bangladesh’s north and central districts, the state-run Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre said major rivers would rise further in the next 24 hours.

The latest victims there were a woman and four children who died after their small boat sank in floodwaters.

Floods are frequent in Bangladesh and in 1998 some 70 percent of the country was briefly underwater in one of the worst deluges in the country’s history.

In Nepal, at least 83 people have died and 17,000 families have been displaced, but people have started to return as water levels recede, Home Ministry spokesman Ram Krishna Subedi told AFP.

Further northwest, in the Pakistan-administered part of Kashmir, flash floods killed 23 people.

Seven people from the same family, including five children, were killed when the roof of their house collapsed due to heavy rainfall in Sheikhupura city near Lahore, Pakistani officials said.

Aid agency Save the Children said damaged infrastructure, including roads and bridges, were making it difficult to access remote communities, with thousands of villages cut off.

AFP

PHOTOS: Flood Forces Six Schools To Close In Jigawa

 

Six schools have been closed in Hadejia Local Government Area (LGA) of Jigawa State following a downpour.

The Education Secretary of the local Government, Musa Garba, confirmed this to Channels Television via a telephone interview on Friday.

He explained that students of the affected schools were relocated to neighbouring schools that were not affected, to take their lessons.

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The Chairman of Hadejia LGA, Abdullahi Maikanti, through his media aid, Mr Sani Kakabori, also confirmed the incident, saying it occurred on Thursday.

He, however, said all necessary actions would put in place to ensure the affected students return to their schools in a none-distant future.

The schools affected are Matsaro Primary School, Junior Secondary School Hamza Abdullahi, and Junior Secondary Haruna.

Others are Haruna Primary School, Usman Maidashi Primary School, and Adamu Maje Nursery School.

Schools where affected students now take lessons are Babale Primary School, Agumau Primary School, Junior Secondary School Baballe Kiriyo, Dubantu Primary School, and Buhari Primary School.

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NEMA Distributes Agricultural Inputs To Jigawa Flood Victims

 

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has commenced the distribution of agricultural inputs to thousands of affected farmers in 19 Local Government Areas of Jigawa State.

NEMA’s distribution team leader in the state, Saad Bello, explained that this was part of measures to assist farmers affected by the flood that hit Jigawa in 2018.

He noted that hundreds of farmers have so far received the inputs since the flagged off of the distribution in Ringim centre.

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Bello added that the exercise was ongoing while it would also take place at various centres simultaneously in the state.

He advised the farmers not to sell the agricultural inputs they have gotten, saying they were distributed to assist them in improving their farming.

One of the beneficiaries in Ringim, Inusa Magaji, thanked NEMA and the Federal Government for the intervention which noted would go a long way to boost their farm production.

Another beneficiary, Garzali Sani, said he was grateful for the assistance as he could not ordinarily afford to buy some of the items he has received.

Items being distributed include seedlings of rice, sorghum, millet, maize and sesame, as well as fertilizers, sprayers and agro-chemicals, among others.

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