Flood: Four killed, many missing in Niger

At least, four persons have been confirmed dead due to flood in Mashegu and Kontagora Local Government Areas of Niger state.

The flood, it was gathered, submerged over 1,000 farmlands and over 2,000 houses destroyed in the two councils.

The incident ,which occurred on Thursday, also destroyed a block industry and some other items belonging to one Alh Haruna Mure.

Confirming the incident, the state Director General Niger states Emergency Management Agency, NSEMA, Alh Ibrahim Ahmed Inga, said four people have been confirmed dead as a result of the flood.

He, however, disclosed that many people are still missing.

Inga explained that the agency has launched an investigation into the incident in order to unravel whether the disaster was natural flood or excess water released from somewhere.

“We also want to know the actual number of people that died in addition to properties loss to the incident.”

Malam Abubakar Imam from Kasanga bridge in Mashegu local government council told our BBNAIJA ONLINE” that over 200 houses were destroyed in the area as well as many crops washed away.

Though, he explained that there is no report of death in the area, while appealing to governments at all levels to a matter of urgency come to their aid in order to ameliorate their plights.

Similarly, Murtala Salisu from Bubban Rami in Kontagora LG stated that the flood rendered many people homeless and farmlands washed away.

“The flood has washed away some of my properties including over thirty bags of rice. We are appealing to the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, to assist us. Many are people are homeless.”