Ministry says Rivers Hadejia, Kafin-Hausa confluence major cause of flooding in Jigawa

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THE Federal Ministry of Water Resources says the meeting point  of Rivers Hadejia and Kafin-Hausa at Miga is the major cause of incessant flooding in some parts of the state.

Alhaji Kabiru Inuwa, Director of Planning in the ministry, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Auyo on Monday.

According to Inuwa, the ministry’s preliminary findings showed that the meeting point usually releases high volume of water that wrecks havoc to houses and farmlands in Auyo and its environs.

“The havoc is always high because River Kafin-Hausa is on a higher ground than River Hadejia.

“ So,  when water from the two rivers approach that point, instead of it to flow into their two separate ways, it turned into a single flow and moves to Auyo and its environs,” Inuwa said.

Inuwa added that the ministry would also visit Jahun, Miga, Taura and Ringim local government areas to get a holistic understanding of the problem.

He said the ministry would soon come out with a solution to the problem after it had completed its assignment by the weekend.

“I can tell you that there is an urgent need for dredging of these rivers.

“Other solutions may include the reconstruction of broken river embankments, regulation in the release of water from Chalawa Dam and conducting short, medium and long term water channel clearance,” he said.

NAN reports that no fewer than 21 persons died in September 2018 from devastating flood in the state.

The flood washed away over 100,000 hectares of farmlands and destroyed over 7,000 houses. (NAN)

– Apr. 1, 2019 @ 11:59 GMT |

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