By Aisar Fagge
The heavy downpour has wreaked havoc in Jigawa communities, leading to the destruction of many houses, shops and prosperities worth millions of naira in the areas.
The rain that started Monday night, 1st August 2022, lasted for hours and had claimed the lives of yet to be identified a number of people, especially small kids.
The Daily Reality gathered that the communities affected included; Hadejia, Kafin Hausa, Kiri-Kasamma and some parts of Garun-Gabas, Tandanu and Bulangu of Jigawa state, respectively.
Our reporter gathered that the flood has also washed away many farms in the communities, and the development that the residents decried has struck terror in them.
Climate change that leads to flooding is one of the serious challenges rocking many countries, which affects people’s lives and health in various ways.
In another similar situation, a morning downpour in Bajoga town of Funakaye Local Government Area of Gombe State had claimed the lives of people and destructed houses and shops in the community.
Climate change: More floods in Nigeria
Experts have foresighted that there would be more floods in Nigeria in the next two months because of climate change.
The Director General/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), Prof Mansur Bako Matazu, has warned Nigerians to brace up for more rains in the next two months.
Mu’azu disclosed this on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme on Monday, August 2nd, 2022, while speaking on flooding wreaking havoc across Nigeria in recent weeks.
However, Mu’azu also lamented that Nigerians keep cutting down trees and dumping refuses in drainage channels.
He added that the NiMeT CEO organisation had issued several advisories about flooding earlier, to which Nigerians failed to adhere.
In his words, Matazu said: “There will be increased rainfall intensity in the next two months or so. This is the most active period – July, August and September. We are going to see more floods.”
NEMA: 233 LGs in 32 states prone to flooding
No fewer than 233 local government areas in 32 states and the Federal Capital Territory have been predicted to experience flooding in 2022.
The Director-General, National Emergency Management Agency, Mr Mustapha Ahmed, raised the alarm Tuesday in Abuja.
Ahmed, who said the discovery was a result of the 2022 Seasonal Climate Prediction, stated, “Efforts must be made to mitigate and respond effectively to flooding.”