Farmers in Bosso Local Government Area of Niger State have called on government to come to their aid following a flood incident that washed away their farmlands.
It was also gathered that over 200 people were affected by flood in the local government area, while farmlands were taken over by sand.
The vice chairman of Bosso Local Government, Mal Saidu Zegi disclosed this at Maikunkele, the headquarters of the Council during a sensitisation programme by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Minna operational office.
He said that in April, the area witnessed a number of rainstorms that affected over 200 people, adding that the programme would go a long way in reducing flood incidents in the state.
“Farmlands were taken over by sand as a result of flood. We are ready to cooperate with the agency as they carry out their work and help our people mitigate the effect of flood,” he said.
One of the victims of the flood, Dr Tukura Saidu, from Kuyi village, lamented that over 40 farmers were affected in his village, as yam, maize and rice were washed away. He added that this is their first time of recording such a huge loss to flood.
The head of planning, research and forecast unit, NEMA, Hajiya Ramatu Turaki, said there was a prediction that there would be heavy downpour in the next 40 days; hence the need for people in riverine areas to move to high places. She also warned against fetching flood water for use, saying it is dangerous for consumption since its source is unknown.
Also, the head of search and rescue unit of the agency, Mr Isah Husseini, who represented the head of operation, Mrs Wagami Lydia, said they were in the community to sensitise them on how to prevent flood disaster, as directed by the Federal Government.
“We are still expecting more rains; vulnerable communities should, therefore, be proactive by cleaning their culverts and drainages, as well as stopping indiscriminate dumping of refuse in waterways. Communities close to rivers should relocate to higher grounds,” Husseini said.
By Abu Yaseer Shamsuddeen Yakaji