According to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the devastating flood in Kano State destroyed 14,496 farmlands in five local government areas.
During a damage assessment tour of the affected communities in the state's Warawa and Wudil LGAs on Tuesday, the agency's director general, Mustapha Ahmed-Habib, disclosed the information.
He claimed that 4,808 farms in Wudil had wilted due to flooding, 1,135 in Larabar Gadon-Sarki, 1,113 at Warawa Gishiri-Wuya, and 1,135 elsewhere.
The catastrophe also destroyed 5,775 farms in Dawakin Kudu, 260 in Rano, and 1,405 in Bebeji.
In order to help the disaster victims, he claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered the agency to conduct damage assessment exercises.
“We came for an assessment tour at Wudil, Gishiri Wuya and Larabar Gadon-Sarki but due to the nature of the road, we have to stop.
“We can’t cross over, our cars are getting stocked.
“We will also conduct on-the-spot assessment tour in flood-affected communities across the country,” he said.
The NEMA boss said the agency would submit a report of the exercise to the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, noting that the government would provide intervention to support the victims and mitigate the effects of the disaster.
According to him, NEMA will provide food and non-food items to the victims of the disaster.
Also speaking, the Executive Secretary, Kano State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Dr Saleh Jili, attributed the flood to released of excess water from Tiga Dam.
One of the victims, Malam Nasiru Qayya urged government at all levels to assist the victims to assuage their sufferings.
He also called on the state government to rehabilitate Ladi Makole – Larabar Gadon-Sarki access road cut off by the flood.