Thousands of residents have been rendered homeless in about six Local Government areas of Niger State.
They are some of the people from about 100 communities that have been overtaken by flood, since the beginning of this year’s rainy season.
The areas affected are in Mokwa, Lapai, Agaie Katcha, Edati and Lavun Local Government Areas.
According to the state governor, Abubakar Sani Bello “a number of people have died as a result of the incident”.
This was disclosed by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Jibrin Ndace who said Governor Bello made this known after carrying out an aerial inspection of the affected communities.
According to him, apart from the heavy rain water, tributaries of Rivers Kaduna and Niger also added to the flood.
Governor Bello, who was said to be speaking in Muye town in Lapai Local Government Area after conducting the aerial inspection of the affected communities, declared that: “The situation has gone beyond the capacity of the state” and called for federal government’s intervention.
“What I saw today is very devastating. On a rough estimate, more than a 100 communities have been submerged in water and it doesn’t appear that the water is receding. That we have not seen the end of it is very disturbing. The situation is definitely getting out of hand and it is beyond what the state can do,” he said.
Bello stated that the state government on its part would ensure the provision of relief materials and the relocation of the victims from the areas.
“This flood starts all the way from Kede, towards Muregi down to Muye along the river bank. So definitely at this point, we will have to seek for the support of the federal government and that is exactly what we are going to do.
“The first step taken by the state government is to send some relief materials to the affected communities because I strongly believe they will lack food at this time and the final step and probably the lasting solution is to relocate them at some point but now we have to take care of their immediate needs with regards to food and drugs,” the governor declared.
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