Following continued torrential rain across Nigeria (August 26-28), four lives were lost in the Lapai Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State after an 8 hour downpour that sacked 23 villages and overran several acres of farmland.
Further information on those who lost their lives is not known at this time.
Communities affected by flood disaster in the Lapai LGA included: Cheku, Lambata kwaran, Cheppa, Alaba, Bina, and Muye, other areas also effected include Ebbo, Egba, Gagbe, Tanna, Bazhi, and Yelwa, according to Jibrin Baba Ndace, Chief Press Secretary for the Niger State Governor; Abubaker Sani Bello. Other LGA’s of the state affected by the flood include: Lapai, Shiroro, Muyan, Gurara, and Bida, as well as, Lavun, Wushishi, Mokwa, and Borgu.
State Governor Bello called for the federal government’s quick intervention to address various ecological challenges devastating several communities in eight local government areas of the state. The governor, who made the call when he visited some communities ravaged by flood in Lapai, said the financial outlay to tackle ecological challenges is not only enormous but beyond the state, hence the call for the federal government’s quick intervention.
He noted that these challenges range from sub-merging and washing away of houses, public schools, places of worship, farmlands, roads, and bridges by flood waters and deep gully erosion in several communities in the state.
“The solution to the ecological devastation is beyond the state government. I have spoken to the President about our challenges and the need for federal government intervention. I am still going to reach out to the federal government for intervention in tackling future re-occurrence. However as a government, we sympathized with the communities and we will give our support despite the leaned resources of the state to reduce the hardship of our people”.
The state’s emergency management agency will come to the aid of the affected people.
This development, Bello said has further strengthened the demand for the take-off of the Hydro-electric Power Producing Area Development Commission (HYPPADEC) to provide holistic solutions to the perennial ecological problems facing the state.