WorldStage NewsOnline—- No fewer than 2,714 houses have been destroyed by flood in Niger state since the beginning of the year 2019.
Mr Ibrahim Inga, the Director General, Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA) who disclosed this when he appeared before the Niger State House of Assembly to brief it on the agency’s activities in 2019 said the floods also claimed 10 lives in the state.
He said that a total of 21, 223 people were affected by the disaster in 20 local government areas with 123 communities submerged.
“The floods, which began in August as a result of a localised high intensity rainfall accompanied by torrential winds, triggered massive run off activities in streams and rivers.
“These violent river behaviours resulted in loss of 10 lives with some roads, bridges, culverts and residential buildings badly affected by the force of the water.
“These excess waters have inundated several hectares of farmlands and displaced some dwellers in hinterland communities,” he added.
He said the agency could not sufficiently respond to the disaster as it had exhausted its N200m capital budget for 2019 before the flooding season.
“The agency may not have responded with relief interventions due to the reasons mentioned but had acted within the conduct of the above assessment exercise.
“In view of the above therefore, the agency has requested for an emergency supplementary budget wallet,” he said.