49 Die In Floods, 248,120 Displaced Says Niger Official

flooding-in-the-Northern-Part-of-NigeriaMalam Mohammed Shaba, Director-General, Niger Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA) said the 2012 flood in the state killed 49 persons and displaced 248,120 persons.

Shaba told reporters that the flood, which affected more than 100 communities, injured 63 persons.

“Also farmlands worth N5 billion covering 305,000 hectares and property worth N2 billion were destroyed by the disaster,” he said.

He said that immediately after the disaster, the state government approved N20 million to set up camps and provide quick intervention in the first six identified affected local government areas.

Shaba said the state government later approved additional N150 million as relief fund to 300,000 affected persons in the 20 local government areas of the state.

“Our temporary camps later increased from six to 18,” he added.

He said that out of the money, N120 million was approved to purchase relief materials for the affected persons while N30 million was used for logistics and unlisted affected persons.

Shaba said aside relief materials and cash from the state government, corporate organisations and individuals also donated materials and cash.

On the Federal Government’s relief fund to assist affected states, he said that Niger was placed on category ‘B’, getting N400 million to assist the victims.

He said the affected 20 councils, out of the 25 local government areas, were categorised into A, B and C for easy administration of the funds.

“The most important thing was that the money was used to purchase relief materials for affected victims while others got cash, depending on the degree of the disaster on them,” he said. (NAN)