Following the continuous rainfall across the country, flooding has done much damage in many parts of the country amid predictions that danger still lie ahead.
According to reports, flood has rendered so many lives homeless, destroyed valuables and properties and rather than being a blessing to the farmers, it has caused grivous havoc to them as it swept off their farmland and produce.
In Bar’kwari community in Dawakin Kudu Local Government Area of Kano State on Sunday afternoon, the flood ravaged no fewer than 400 houses.
The spokesman for Kano State Fire Service, Saidu Mohammed, made this disclosure in an interview with NAN on Monday in Kano.
He said the flood also affected primary schools, animals and foodstuffs, adding that firemen were, however, able to rescue the victims.
“We received a distress call from Hajia Gambo Usman, who lives in the neighbourhood at about 3:22 p.m., reporting that there was flooding in their area.
“On receiving the information, we quickly sent our rescue team and a vehicle to the scene at about 3:38 p.m.,’’ he said.
Mohammed, however, urged the public to desist from indiscriminate dumping of refuse in order to stop blocking the waterways.
Also, About 200 households have been displaced by flood in Rikkos community of Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau, following heavy downpour on Sunday afternoon.
Mr Al’Amin Yakubu, Head, Emergency Response Team of the community disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Jos.
Yakubu said though no life was lost, the flood had destroyed properties and washed away valuables.
“The flood didn’t claim lives, but because it was huge, it displaced over 200 households.
“These households have lost all their properties and are left with nothing,” he said.
He said that the displaced persons were currently staying with neighbours, as no camp had been put in place for them.
Yakubu described the condition of the displaced persons as pathetic, adding that access to food, shelter and clothing is already becoming serious challenge for them.
Several Delta communities have started experiencing flooding with the River Niger gradually overflowing its banks.
Many farming communities have been worst hit with floods taking over farming communities situated on the banks of the River Niger and the hinterland.
When visited by Newsmen, the water level of River Niger in Oto-ogu, Oshimili South, was high.
Similarly, in Ughwru- Ughelli, Agbarho community, Ughelli North has started counting their losses following ravaging floods.
The floods, according to sources, wiped out poultry and fish ponds as well as farm lands. Some residents have relocated to higher grounds.
Meanwhile, some of these states have begun to set up measures to curb the menace from future recurrence
The Bayelsa State government yesterday began setting up measures to counter flooding following a red alert by the Nigeria Hydrological Service Agency (NHSA) identifying the state as high risk.
Bayelsa was among the nine states on the axis of River Niger and River Benue identified as flood-prone by the NHSA, which passed the warning to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) yesterday also held an emergency meeting with the Kebbi State Emergency Management Agency (KSEMA) to gather data on flood victims in the state.
Dr Onimode Bandele, Deputy Director, Research and Rescue Department of NEMA, said the agency would soon hold an emergency meeting with stakeholders affected by flooding in the state, to enable the agency to gather data on the victims.
Also, In anticipation of flooding in some states in the South-East, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in the zone has begun to reposition itself, to ensure improved disaster management.
Mr Walson Ibarakumo, the Coordinator, NEMA, Enugu zonal office, said this in Awka on Monday, during a workshop organised for all the staff of the agency in Anambra.
The workshop had the theme, ‘‘Repositioning, Strengthening and Reorientation of the Agency’s Operations.”
Ibarikumo said there was the need to acquaint the agency’s personnel with the modern response strategies which the new management had introduced.