Flood exposes corpses in Gashu’a, Senate President’s home town

By AdvocateNews on 13/07/2021

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The flooded cemetery in Gashu’a
The flooded cemetery in Gashu’a

Flood caused by a heavy downpour has submerged a graveyard in Gashu’a town, the headquarters of Bade local government area of Yobe State.

The heavy rainfall, which lasted for several hours, was said to have started in the late hours of Sunday and spanned through the early hours of Monday.

Reports said the flood, which led to the washing away of many graves, also exposed some corpses.

A concerned citizen in the area, who identified himself as Alhaji Abba, said the whole town was bewildered with the disturbing development.

“What we saw here at our graveyard is shocking and disturbing as flood has completely taken over the yard. Corpses were exposed, hence making it extremely difficult to bury new bodies.

“We are appealing to the government and well meaning individuals to respond immediately. This place belongs to everyone, because sooner or later it is going to be the final destination for everyone”, he said.

Reacting to the development, the Executive Secretary Yobe State Emergency Management Agency, (SEMA), Dr. Mohammed Goje, who confirmed the incident, said his agency had made all necessary arrangements with a view to rehabilitating the graveyard.

“We are going to provide cement, blocks, sand and other logistics for the rehabilitation work to commence at the graveyard”, he said.

Located near a low-cost housing estate, the graveyard is believed to be one of the biggest in the ancient town where remains are being committed to mother earth.

Alhaji Kaku Bulama-Bukar, Gashua Local Government Council Community Development Officer, who also spoke on the flood disaster, said the downpour, which began on July 9, had exposed some corpses in the cemetery.

“Yes, we have experienced heavy rain accompanied by wild-wind in Gashua town since Friday. As we speak, many buildings are destroyed and our cemetery is submerged.

“Some graves are even exposed and some people had to be evacuated from their houses to save their lives,” Bulama-Bukar said.

The officer said the council was taking an inventory of the individuals and houses affected by the disaster.

“As soon as we conclude assessing the damage and the people affected by it, we will present our report to the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and the council for action.

Perennial flooding is one of the environmental challenges bedeviling Gashu’a, a semi-urban community located at the northern part of Yobe State.

Posted 13/07/2021 1:00:48 PM

 

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