Flood Ravages 116 Communities In Niger


Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello

From Saka Bolaji, Minna
No fewer than 116 villages in Kede community of Mokwa local government in Niger state have been submerged by flood leaving majority of the people homeless with their farmlands, livestock and properties worth millions of naira washed away.
Chairman of Niger state traditional council and Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, in whose Emirate it occurred lamented the level of destruction caused by the flood.
The royal father described the situation as very unfortunate, explaining that the flood was in two segments – a natural one caused by heavy downpour and man-made one caused when the dams overflowed.
Etsu Nupe urged the authorities concern to as a matter of urgency come to the aide of the affected victims to alleviate their plight, stressing that the expectations of pumper harvest has been dashed by the flood.
One of the victims, Yahaya Adamu Muregi disclosed that they have been in their present village for centuries but that they have been experiencing flood since the creation of the Jebba and Kanji dams.
He stated that the village’s FADAMA 111 Programme’s 100 farmers in 10 clusters across 150 villages who were given farm inputs have had their farms washed away.
The traditional ruler of the community and Kuta of Kede, Muhammad Muregi expressed dismay over the untold hardship created by the flood for his people.
Another resident and victim, Alhaji Attahiru Isah lamented that they now live from hand to mouth as their food, houses and farmlands were completely washed away.
Kede district of Mokwa local government of Niger state is one of the most flood prone areas in the state which experience flooding each year.

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