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Fear Of Flood In Niger As Shiroro Dam Spills Excess Water



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.