Niger Communities Count Losses As Flood Wrecks Havoc

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A compound submerged by flood in Niger community


By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Niger State Emergency Management Agency, (NSEMA) said it has been taking stock of devastation caused by flood following series of heavy downpour in parts of the state this year.
A recent updates by the agency confirmed that at least no fewer than 2,667 houses, farmlands, roads and bridges including culverts, river crossings have been destroyed by flooding in seventeen local government areas of the state.

The Director General of NSEMA, Ahmed Inga disclosed that though the rains were still on, so far, the number of communities affected by heavy deluge were counting their losses.

He said the magnitude of devastation caused were mostly on buildings, roads, bridges and farmsteads which were completely washed away in the affected communities.

Also affected according to Ahmed Inga were primary schools, clinics, poultries, Pens, fish ponds and other health facilities in some communities.

He said most of the devastation occurred between the months of August and September even as more rains are being expected.

He said the agency was still receiving and collating more reports on the impacts of flood incidents from parts of the state.

He listed some of the affected local government areas to including Agaie, Bosso, Chanchaga, Edati, Gbako,, Gurara, Katcha, Lavun and Lapai.

Others are Paikoro, Kontagora, Mashegu, Mokwa, Rafi, Shiroro, Suleja and Wushishi council areas.

He said the agency has since submitted the report on the incident to the state government for intervention to the affected persons.

The agency is currently facing challenges in resettling communities sacked by flood incidents and those sacked by armed bandits especially in the three council areas of Rafi, Shiroro and Munya following resurgence of armed banditry in parts of the state. 

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