The director relief, Niger State Emergency Management Agency, Alhaji Garba Salisu, has disclosed 14 people have so far died due to flooding in different parts of the state.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Minna, he said that the agency had engaged the services of no fewer than 200 local divers in affected communities for rescue operations. And the local divers would complement the efforts of the agency rescue unit whenever the need arose.
Salisu also appealed to residents of the state to desist from building on waterways indiscriminate dumping of refuse to reduce the effect of flooding in the state.
He also urged communities experiencing gully erosion to relocate, whenever the threat of flood is high.
“My major fear is that most rain fall happens at night when the people are asleep so that the only way to avoid danger is to create a channel for smooth flow of water,’’ he said.
The director also called on communities that are prone to flooding to, as a matter of urgency, vacate the area temporarily to avoid disaster.