Over 17,000 Communities Ravaged by Flood in Niger State

Niger State Government has revealed that over 17,000 communities have been affected by recent floods that have swept through parts of the country, particularly in the North.

This was disclosed by the Secretary to the Government of Niger State (SSG), Ahmed Ibrahim Matane over the weekend.

He said this during an on-the-spot assessment of the flooding situation in Mokwa Local Government Area of the State.

Commiserating with the victims of the disaster, Matene expressed worries over the present situation, stressing that the state government was deeply concerned with the unfortunate incident.

He added that about 60,000 people in Mokwa Local Government were affected by the devastating floods which destroyed several houses and farmlands.

In a bid to cushion the effect of the flood, the SSG said that the government has begun distributing about 2400 assorted grains as relief package to the affected communities.

He added that the Hydroelectric Power Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPPADEC) member States have already sent the nomination to the Federal Government for the immediate take-off of the commission and management team.

This measure, Matene added, would help address the perennial challenges of flooding and other ecological hazards.

He, however, assured the people that the government would expedite action towards relocating the victims to safer communities before the end of the present administration.

SOURCE: AGRONIGERIA

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