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Over 131,000 people affected by flood in Niger, says NEMA

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 said that 131,432 residents of Niger State were affected by the recent flood, of whom 17,631 were in urgent need of relief materials.

Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, Governor of Niger State

Malam Idris Mohammed, Incident Commander in Charge of Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) for Niger, Kwara and Kebbi states, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna, the Niger State capital.

He said that “131,432 persons are affected while 17, 631 are internally displaced and 17,154 people in various communities are affected.

“The 17,631 affected persons need relief materials such as foods and shelter.

“Forty-nine persons lost their lives during the flood and 65 were injured while 2430 houses were affected, and 27,632 hectares of farmlands was washed away.

“Some of the victims are taking shelter in camps while majority of them are living with friends and relatives in other communities.”

Mohammed explained that the team was deployed to put together a coordinated assessment of the three states and help guide the Federal Government provide support to the victims.

“We are in the state to do needs assessment and send report to the federal government for relief intervention such as foods, medicals, household utensils and long-term rehabilitation of affected persons,” he said.

He said that the agency had been working with the State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA) to compile and coordinate assessment.

Mohammed said that NEMA had started providing relief materials to the affected local government areas in collaboration with the state government,” he said.

NAN reports that NEMA officials commenced moves to assist flood victims in Niger, following a directive from Vice President Yemi Osinbajo during his recent visit to the IDP camp in Zungeru.

By Rita Iliya

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