14 die in Niger state flooding — official

No fewer than 14 persons died in a flooding that swept through various parts of Niger State, according to the Director Relief, Niger State Emergency Management Agency, Alhaji Garba Salisu.

Salisu said in an interview on Saturday in Minna that the agency had engaged the services of 200 local divers in affected communities for rescue operations.

He said that the local divers would complement the efforts of agency rescue unit whenever the need arose.

The director also appealed to residents of the state to desist from building on waterways and the to stop the indiscriminate dumping of refuse to reduce the effect of flooding in the state.

He also urged communities experiencing gully erosion to relocate whenever the threat of flood became high.

“My major fear is that most rains are usually at night when the people are sleeping, but the only way is to create an environment for smooth flow of water,” he said.

The director also called on communities that are prone to flooding too, as a matter of urgency, vacate the area temporarily to avoid disaster.

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