By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Heavy deluge following days of steady, heavy downpour has been wrecking havoc on communities, farmlands, schools, worship places and homes across several communities in parts of Niger State as farmers of assorted crops are wailing over the loss of their mainstay swallowed up in flood waters.
The Niger State Government has consequently appealed to the National Emergency Management Agency, (NEMA) to deploy immediate assistance as palliiatives to hundreds of farming families across the state whose farmlands have been taken over by the deluge of flood water.
At Galla village of Agwara Council Area of Niger State, over fifty houses and vast acres of farmlands have been submerged and the villagers dislodged from their homes.
Chairman of the council, Nura Mohammed Kokoli disclosed that misery had since taken over most of the rural dwellers whose farmlands were swept by the recent flood that came on the heels of heavy downpour.
Assorted food crops on farmlands are now submerged while hunger appears eminent as bleak fortunes stares on farming families across the council area.
The council Chairman said sources of potable water across the council were now contaminated as water level raises to an all time high.
Kokoli said the level of this year’s flood had not been witnessed in the last sixty years even as he painted a picture of a possible humanity crisis within the council area if the flood continues in the weeks ahead.
In Wushishi council area if the state, the same tale of misfortunes are playing out as days of heavy downpours have swollen up all rivers, streams and other water bodies resulting in huge flooding of over ten villages and hundreds of farmlands.
Foods and cash crops estimated to be worth several millions of naira have, for days, been submerged in flood waters.
Chairman of the council area, Danjuma Suleiman said eleven communities in the council were worst affected in the disaster which has left many families displaced and farms washed away.
He said communities such as Wushishi, Sabon Gari, Zungeru, Akarre, Maito, Gwarjiko, Tukunji and Kwata were terribly devastated in this year’s flood.
Meanwhile, Niger state government has appealed to the National Emergency Management Agency, (NEMA) to quickly come to the aid of hundreds of farmers whose farmlands have been devastated and flooded following torrential rains and the resultant flooding of farmlands and homes.
The state’s deputy governor, Ahmed Mohammed Ketso who stood in for governor Abubakar Sani Bello while receiving NEMA officials on a fact finding mission to the state, urged the disaster management agency to intervene promptly.
Governor Sani Bello said several farmers in the state have suffered huge setback as a result of the massive flood this year.
He therefore begged the agency to find ways to assist the farmers whose vast farmlands have been devastated.
Several communities in council areas across the state are currently counting their loses following huge flood that have swept many farmlands and homes.
Government agencies and other bodies responsible for weather forecast have cautioned communities over twenty states across the country on the possibility of heavy downpours and flooding.
Niger state is one of the states predicted to experience heavy floodings this year.