Flooding: 14 die as NSEMA cautions communities against activities on river banks

Niger State Emergency Management Agency

THE Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA) has cautioned residents of communities on flood-prone areas in the state to limit activities around river banks to avoid flooding.

He said that 14 person had died due to flooding in Magama, Kontagora, Agwara, Rafi, Lavun ,Bosso and Paikoro area of the state.

Alhaji Ahmed Inga, the Director-General of NSEMA, gave the caution in a statement issued in Minna on Monday.

He said that the warning became necessary after the directives by the Nigerian Hydrological Services for communities on River Niger in Kwara, Niger and Kogi states to relocate.

Inga added that the agency warning was coming as a result of discharge of water from Kainji and Jeba hydro dams located in the state.

He urged people living in riverine areas to relocate to safer grounds already identified by authorities.

According to him, dams are releasing gallons of water per minute that could lead to the overflow of River Niger.

He said that the state was already experiencing negative impacts of the flooding with houses, farmlands, bridges and linked roads being washed away in some local government areas.

He noted that the incident had rendered many homeless and had affected the socio-economic activities of the affected communities.

Inga also noted that assessments on the impact of flood were still ongoing and periodic update would be provided.

He called on all the stakeholders, the traditional institutions, well to do individuals and the media, to help in propagating information on impending flooding.(NAN)