Heavy Downpour Washes Away 45 Houses, Farmlands In Niger

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File photo of a flooded community
By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Following a heavy down pour which lasted for several hours on Friday at Mashegu Local Government Area of Niger State, no fewer than forty five houses across two communities of Kaboji and Dogon Mallam were demolished while several dozens of persons displaced and rendered homeless as a result.
Many of those affected are now quartered in public schools at Dogon Mallam and Kaboji villages or accommodated by friends and relatives even as hardship bites harder on the communities.
Sources from Mashegu confirmed that the rains had come in torrent, lasted several hours and flooded the communities as many of the mud houses began to quake and give way as the rains intensified.
By the time the downpour subsided, no fewer than forty five of the houses were rubbles with scartteted roofs and mangled walls even as personal belongings of households littered and floated in the muddy flood water.
As the last count, properties whose worth were not yet quantified were destroyed as a result of the flooding.
Though no life was lost in the incident, the affected communities are left counting their huge losses following the heavy down pour.
Acting Chairman of the council area, Abdullahi Bala described the incident as grave and an unfortunate natural disaster.
Abdullahi Bala while commiserating with the victims, urged them to see it as an act of God. He enlisted the assistance of well placed individuals and the state government to help the unfortunate victims.
He however pleaded with the communities to take urgent steps to avert reoccurrence.

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