Gusau – The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Tuesday presented relief materials to communities affected by flooding in Zamfara where 6,450 hectares and 8,000 houses were destroyed.
The benefiting communities are in eight local governments areas of Anka, Bakura, Bungudu, Gusau, Gummi, Tsafe, Zurmi and Shinkafi.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the items were presented by Mr. Eugene Eze, the Director of Relief and Rehabilitation of the Agency on behalf of NEMA Director-General, Alhaji. Sani Sidi.
He said the gesture was part of the Federal Government’s efforts to alleviate the suffering of the people after the flooding in the state.
The NEMA official disclosed that from an assessment of the disaster in the areas, a total of 6,450 hectares of land and over 8000 houses were destroyed.
He said the relief materials provided were 10,000 bags of assorted grains, building and household materials as well as cosmetics.
He charged the relevant authorities in the state to create more community awareness to avert future disasters, especially in flood -prone areas.
Receiving the items, the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Abdullahi Shinkafi, commended the Federal Government and NEMA for the kind gesture.
He announced that the state government had also been supportive to victims of disasters including those attacked by faceless gunmen.
The Executive Secretary of the state’s Emergency Management Agency, Mr Sanusi Kwatarkwashi, said that his office would continue to give timely information on disaster management. (NAN)