By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
The Gombe State Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, has sympathized with the victims of flood disaster which wreaked havoc in some parts of the state capital and other communities in the state.
In a statement, signed by his Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity), Ismaila Uba Misilli, the Governor particularly expressed his heartfelt condolences to the family of those who lost their lives as a result of the flood, also sympathized with all those who lost their properties and other material resources.
It would be recalled that two people have been confirmed dead, and property worth millions of naira destroyed in some parts of Gombe metropolis due to early morning downpour that lasted for hours.
The downpour which started at about 5am on Monday left in its wake flash flood that also swept away houses and livestock in worst hit areas like shamaki and Dawaki quarters of Gombe metropolis.
Other areas affected by the heavy downpour include Idi, BCGA, Bagadaza, Pantami and Bye pass quarters.
The Governor has since sent a delegation led by the state Deputy Governor, Dr. Manassah Daniel Jatau to visit and inspect the affected areas, just as he ordered the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and other relevant bodies to immediately move in and undertake an on the spot assessment of the level of devastation, assuring of his administration’s commitment towards the wellbeing of the citizenry.
The Governor however urged the people to heed to flash flood warnings and avoid flood-prone areas as a preventive measure.
The Deputy Governor has since visited the affected areas, including Jekadafari, Gadar Bello Sabon kudi, Kasuwar Mata, Opposite GSU and BCGA, where the impact of the flood was more devastating.
The state Commissioner Of Environment, Dr. Hussaina Goje who conducted the Deputy Governor and his team round, said her Ministry is already doing everything possible to determine the extent of damage and the number of people affected.
Members of delegation include Secretaryto the State Government, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi Commissioners of Works, Information, Women Affairs and other government functionaries.