Following a heavy downpour in parts of Kaduna State’s northwest region, Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Tuesday visited Magume community flood victims in Zaria City to bereave with a husband that lost his wife and three children in the incident.
It was gathered that the heavy rain began Sunday night and ended destroying houses which led to the deaths of four in the community.
Speaking at the Emir of Zazzau’s palace after the inspection of flood affected areas, Governor El-Rufai said the Ministry of Works will evaluate the collapsed bridge and drainages for further action.
Represented by his Deputy Architect Bala Yusuf Bantex who was also accompanied by top government officials it was confirmed that the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) will provide immediate relief materials to the victims and also perform an assessment report to avert future occurrences.
“We are here to inspect the level of damage caused by this flood and also condole the family who lost loved ones. We sympathize with the victims. We didn’t expect this, but the situation on ground indicates that such will happen. We are going to put up a good plan, we also discovered the collapsed bridge. The Ministry of Works will come and do a evaluation for further action. SEMA will also provide relief materials to cushion the hardship faced by the victims” Bantex said.
On his part, the Emir of Zazzau, Dr. Shehu Idris, commended Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s led government for reacting promptly to assist those in the flood affected areas.
The Emir while advising government to set up committees to identify genuine victims for relief materials called on the present government to construct good drainages to minimize floods.
Narrating how the flood incident occurred which resulted in the death of four, one of the relatives of the bereaved family, Abdulkadir Abubakar, said the flood started Sunday night:
“We thank Kaduna State government for coming to condole us and see the situation, it means this government is for the people. We lost our wife and her three children but her husband survived. Others have minor injuries” he said.