In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 07th, August, 2020

Inside The Gombe Group The place The Earth Swallowed Up 300 Houses (Images)

Inside The Gombe Community Where The Earth Swallowed Up 300 Homes (Photos)

A avenue cleft in two by erosion in Jauro Musa space

Because the wet season units in throughout northern Nigeria, Day by day Belief visited a group in Kumo city of Akko LGA in Gombe State, the place in 20 years, an estimated 300 hectares of land had been destroyed by gully erosion, along with over 300 households which have been pressured to desert their ancestral properties.

Muhammadu Babandudu, 67, alongside his youngsters had been busy eradicating their belongings from the particles of what was once a part of their home at Unguwar Jauro Musa, in Kumo city of Akko Native Authorities Space of Gombe State.

Babandudu’s rooms and one of many exterior partitions collapsed after the earlier evening heavy downpour, which additionally broken some private results.

The Jauro Musa space, the place Babandudu has lived along with his spouse and 10 youngsters for over 40 years, has been battling gully erosion for the final 20 years, throughout which interval over 300 households have been pressured to relocate.

Based on him, the gully erosion worsened across the yr 2000, when tons of of residents needed to evacuate their belongings and relocate after their homes had been destroyed.


“My neighbours have left the realm for the reason that erosion started to massively encroach into our homes. Other than 19 of my rapid neighbours who’ve relocated, over 300 households have deserted their homes and escaped to security,”
he mentioned.

Of the unique eight rooms in his personal home, Babandudu is now left with six, that are in peril of collapsing quickly.

Each season, residents of the realm elevate funds to buy vans of rocks to reduce the influence of flood within the space. This has not stopped the gully erosion.


“However as I’m talking with you, we at all times sleep with our two eyes open each time it rains, particularly within the evening. As a result of the rainwater passes by our properties to achieve the large valley behind the homes,”
Babandudu added.

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The world can be residence to Muhammad Bello Saro, 50, a civil servant, his three wives and 23 youngsters. Already the erosion has affected two rooms within the six-bedroom flat wherein they reside.

Saro believes the erosion was worsened by floods, which in flip obtained worse after a 2013 street building diverted floodwater from the western a part of the city to go proper by their homes. 50 households have been affected in Saro’s neighbourhood alone.


“We’re nonetheless dwelling within the space as a result of we have now no choice or different locations to maneuver to,”
he mentioned. “Once I moved into this space 25 years in the past, the rift behind my home was too small to make a big influence. However right this moment I already misplaced two rooms to the gully erosion and must evacuate our belongings from the opposite room over the approaching flood this raining season.”

He too, like Babandudu, dreads the rains at nights.

Malam Musa Kawuwa, 50, a tailor and farmer, lived along with his two wives and 10 youngsters in a Four-bedrooms home he inherited from his father some years in the past.

Generally in 2014, following a downpour, the entire home was swallowed by the gully erosion. All of a sudden, Kawuwa and his household of 13 turned homeless. He additionally misplaced his 10-hectares farmland.

After squatting in a two-bedroom constructing, he managed to rebuild his home 4 years later. However nonetheless, the erosion is threatening to swallow his home.


“If nothing is finished to handle the scenario, I’ll must relocate once more as a result of, as I’m talking with you, the wall of my home is on the verge of collapsing,”
Kawuwa lamented.

A whole bunch of different residents in Unguwar Jauro Musa of Kumo city reside with these fears.

Residents declare the realm was established over 150 years in the past alongside historical Kumo city. Nevertheless, inside the final 20 years, over 300 hectares of farmlands and 300 homes have been destroyed by gully erosion brought on by a flood.

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Individuals residing in Kumo city are largely farmers, who must be glad throughout raining seasons. Nevertheless, residents of Jauro Musa now dread the rains.

Moreover residential areas, the flood can be threatening the one public-owned main faculty locally, Jauro Musa Main Faculty. The college was constructed by the group earlier than it was taken over by the Akko Native Schooling Authority.

Now the 700 pupils within the faculty must be break up into morning and afternoon periods after the erosion destroyed two school rooms, with two extra on the verge of being swallowed.

A retired trainer, Malam Yahuza Adamu Saleh, instructed Day by day Belief that the erosion has destroyed a block of school rooms on the faculty, saying if nothing is finished, school-aged youngsters can be pressured out of faculty.

“The erosion, which already claimed two school rooms, can be threatening to eat the remaining courses at any second. Due to this fact, our kids should drop out of faculty as it’s the solely public faculty close by and most of us are low-income earners and can’t afford the non-public colleges,” Saleh mentioned.

Unwilling to lose their properties and not using a struggle, residents shaped a self-help group, the ‘Jauro Musa Concern Discussion board,’ to fight the erosion alongside different challenges locally collectively.

The Interim Chairman of the discussion board, Abdulrasheed Ibrahim Musa, mentioned whereas they had been rising up, the gorge was over two kilometres away from the residential areas.

“But it surely has now reached us, destroyed many homes, washed away farmlands and affected courses in the one public main faculty locally,” he mentioned.

Based on him, the discussion board additionally seeks to handle the shortage of a post-primary faculty, healthcare centres and water amongst others within the space.


“There is no such thing as a single government-owned healthcare centre near us. The maternity hospital is over two kilometres from the realm. Even the first faculty was began as a group faculty earlier than the federal government took over.

“On the finish of main six, our kids must trek for about three kilometres to attend the closest secondary faculty. We additionally rely closely on water distributors to get water for our home makes use of,” he mentioned.

Musa mentioned on the affiliation stage, they’ve been contributing cash to work within the space to cease the gully erosion “however it’s a little effort which provides slightly hope that lasts for a number of months as a result of the flood would wash it away once more after a heavy downpour,” he mentioned.

As such, the residents of Jauro Musa for years have been dwelling in fixed worry of leaving their ancestral properties to turn out to be Internally Displace Individuals (IDPs) of their city of origin.

It was gathered that each one the efforts by the group to convey the federal government’s consideration each on the state and federal stage to the scenario have failed.

Nevertheless, officers of the state Nigeria Erosion Management and Watershed Administration Challenge (NEWMAP) mentioned they’re conscious of the scenario and have already intervened to resolve it.

Based on the officers, work has already commenced from the western a part of the city to handle the issue.

They mentioned work on erosion website close to the Common Hospital, Kumo, which feed the valley on the Jauro Musa space throughout raining season, is already ongoing and can quickly attain the japanese and northern a part of the city.

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Supply: Day by day Star UK

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