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Kano flood victims lament lack of assistance

Survivors of the August flood disaster in Rimin Gado Local Government Area of Kano State have claimed they have not received any amount from the N100m relief fund.

Some of the survivors told the News Agency of Nigeria in Rimin Gado that they were yet to receive any assistance from the two levels of government since the flood ravaged their communities in August.

One of the victims, Mallam Aminu Lawan, who lost a house to the flood, said there had been no support to him and other victims.

“We heard that Kano State Government has released the sum of N100m to support flood victims in the state, but up till now, no single kobo has been given to us.

“The most disturbing issue is that the State Emergency Relief and Rehabilitation Agency compiled our names and the losses we suffered, but nothing has been forthcoming,” he said.

Another victim who simply gave his name as Mallam Bala, told NAN that the majority of the flood survivors were squatting with relations and friends.

“A number of the flood victims in this area are either living with friends or relations because their houses have been destroyed by the flood, “ he said.

He urged the government to ensure prompt release of the money it reportedly approved to support the flood victims to alleviate their suffering.

When contacted, the Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Relief and Rehabilitation Agency, Ali Bashir, said the agency was making efforts to assist the survivors.

“We are making necessary preparations to assist the victims and as soon as we finish the preparations, we will tell you,” Bashir said.

Also commenting on the issue, the NEMA Head of Operations in Kano, Nura Abdullahi, said the agency had submitted its report to its headquarters in Abuja.

He assured the agency would soon commence the distribution of relief materials to flood survivors in the affected areas.

The government said it had approved the release of N100m as interim support to the flood survivors in the state.

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