Not less than three persons have been feared dead while over five hundred people have rendered homeless as an early hour heavy rain downpour that Wrecked havoc to the residents of Bosso and Cgancgange local Government Areas of Niger State on Saturday. The disaster in which water from the rainfall submerged over twenty houses, destroyed several other buildings including shops and farmlands started at about 4am on Saturday while residents were still asleep. Some residents while narrating their ordeal said that the early morning rain was responsible for the flooding which overflew thereby collapsing the MYPA bridge in Bosso and washing away the Mola bridge in Dutsen Kura Hausa. Meanwhile the State Acting Governor, Muhammad Ahmed Ketso has paid a sympathy visit to the people . He disclosed that the government has directed the State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA) to immediately take inventory of losses and provide relief materials comprising of food and non-food items to cushion victims’ hardship. He further called on the Federal Government and relevant bodies to come and assist the state in addressing the unending disaster caused by flood annually. Speaking on behalf of the Dutsen Kura Hausa victims, Sanusi Mohammed, a businessman said “three persons have been carried away and must have died by now”. Another victims who was counting his losses, Zubairu Abdullahi, disclosed that his animals and fish pond have been wiped away and his entire house destroyed by the water. According to him, the flood came from drainage which overflowed as a result of the midnight rain, my goats, chickens and thousands of eggs have all been carried away. Speaking also, the Ward Head (Mai Angwan), Inuwa Bawa Tokura lamented Government’s nonchalant approach at addressing the incessant flooding that has affected the areas. According to him “I have witnessed four floods now; the only solution for this flooding is the construction of drainage system from the Federal University of Technology (FUT) Minna down to Minna-Bida road.” A mother of three, Hadiza Rabiu of Shanu village in Bosso LGA said she lost N40,000, food stuffs and personal effects to the flood. According to her “we were fast asleep when the flood came, I started calling for help to save my children. “The flood took everything, our house collapsed and everything we have including over forty thousand naira have been washed away. Please, Government should come to our aid”. Also, the Head of Shanu village, Ibrahim Musa told journalists that”when the rain started in the early hours of Saturday, I was happy and thanking God that it was going to be a rain of blessing because of our farms, unknowingly to me it was going to wreak havoc. We have lost our farm produces and houses. This is tragic to us.” Confirming the incident, the Director General, Niger State Emergency Management Agency NSEMA, Ibrahim Inga said there are three unconfirmed cases of deaths and many persons have been displaced. Speaking on the immediate shelter needs of the displaced people, the DG, NSEMA said over 70% of the affected victims built on waterways but that after taking inventory, the government will make necessary provision for their temporary accommodation. While calling on the people to stop building along waterways, Inga said over 75 percent of those affected live along the river banks.
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