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Many sacked from homes as several houses are submerged in Niger by flood



Several houses have been submerged and many people rendered homeless following flood from rainfall on Saturday in Minna township, Niger State.

Director General of the state Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA) Ahmed Inga, who disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Minna on Saturday, said the reported death of three persons was yet to be confirmed as assessment was still ongoing by officials.

Inga noted that 75 per cent of the flood disaster was caused by indiscriminate refuse disposal and building of houses on waterways in the affected areas.

He however, debunked allegation that the flood was caused by spillage of water from Bosso Dam, saying that the flooding was as a result of high intensity of rainfall.

Also, Ahmed Ketso, acting governor of the state, who visited the affected areas to sympathies with the victims, said the government was making efforts to construct drainage within Minna township to avoid floodings.

He appealed to people to see the flood as a natural disaster, adding that the government would intervene with immediate effect to cushion the effect of the flood on victims.

Ketso directed the state Ministry of Environment to commence sensitisation for people to desist from dumping refuse and building of structures on waterways.

Adamu Rijau, a resident of Bosso Estate, who noted that most of the affected houses in the area were built on waterways, called on government to step in and stop all lands allocation on waterways.

Also, Inuwa Bawa, Ward Head of Dutsen Kura Hausa, disclosed that seven houses were completely washed away in the area.

He called on the government to intervene and construct concrete drainage in the area to avoid reoccurrence.

Areas affected were Mypa road, Bosso Estate, Shaun Village, Okada road and Dusten Kura Hausa in Bosso and Chanchaga Local Government Areas of the state.