Palpable fear has gripped residents and farmers along the flood plain of Rivers Kaduna and Niger in Niger State as the Shiroro Hydro Electric Dam began spilling of excess water from its turbine yesterday.
LEADERSHIP gathered that the spilling was scheduled for Saturday afternoon but the spilling started yesterday around 12noon to allow for proper environmental impact assessment.
The state commissioner of Information and Strategy, Alhaji Danjuma Salad, had issued a statement on Friday appalling to those along the flood plain to temporarily relocate or take precautions as the spilling will begin at the weekend
In the same vein, officials of the Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA) have stated that 14 lives were so far lost to flood this raining season even as it raised alarm over the washing of farmlands.
The director general of NSEMA, Alhaji Ibrahim Ahmed Inga told LEADERSSHIP that he was already on the field to see how precautions would be taken to ensure that the spillage does not result in lose of life and effect on farm lands mitigated.
This is coming on the heels of the disclosure that the state has expended N762,560,823.75 for emergency intervention response, risk reduction and preparedness in the last three years .
Consequently for the purposes of mitigation of such releases, the NSEMA DG stated that the state government have identified 11 resettlement centres in 65 communities in the state.
Inga said that Niger state is ranked second as frontline flood state in the country added that already 17 local governments are affected by flood this year while 14 lives were lost.
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