Flood Hits More Communities In Niger State

Scenes from communities hit by a flood in Niger State.

 

Barely three days after the Niger State Government disclosed that over one hundred communities have been affected by a flood, at least fifteen new communities have been hit by a fresh flood in the Lapai local government area of the state.

The communities include Egba, Achiba, Apataku, Ebwa, Arah, Adunbenku, Old Muye, Reba, Sokun, Edda, Pele, Dere, Eshi, and Yawa.

Several houses have been flooded and farmlands washed away.

An eyewitness Alhaji Zubairu Musa who sent video clips and pictures of the situation to Channels Television Correspondent in Niger State said a lot of properties have also been destroyed.

“Many houses and farmlands have been submerged, destroyed and a lot of properties have been lost so far.

“Some people have been evacuated to a safe place for the safety of their lives,” Musa said in the text accompanying the clips he sent to us.

In the video clips, residents of the Egba community are seen on canoes, making frantic efforts to rescue their children and whatever they could rescue.

A woman by name Maryam Egba said they were asleep at the time the flood happened.

“We were asleep when it all happened. I woke up and found that the water flooded our rooms. There is no place for us to sleep,” Maryam said.

Another woman, Kulu Abdulrahman lamented that they were hungry as the flood had washed away their foodstuff.

“We don’t have what to eat. It’s really a trying moment for us. We appeal to both federal government to come to our aid,” Abdulrahman cried out.

Most riverine communities in Niger State are affected by flooding annually.

Many have attributed the challenge to the presence of three hydroelectric dams in the state, namely, Jebba Dam, Kainji Dam, Tagwai Dam, and the fourth one under construction at Zungeru in Wushishi local government area.

The state Emergency Management Agency has also announced that a more severe type of flooding experience, “Black Flood” could occur still in this year.

According to the Director-General of the agency, Ahmed Inga, neighbouring countries such as Benin, Chad, Niger, and Cameroon may release water from their dams, and Niger State sitting along the River Niger could be badly affected.

The Deputy Governor of the State, Ahmed Ketso during the visit of a team from the National Emergency Management Agency to his office on Thursday had appealed to the Federal government to help in the construction of houses at some of the relocation sites that the state government had secured for the relocation of communities around the riverine areas so as to mitigate losses whenever there is a flood.

He also reiterated the need for the government to support the rural farmers with inputs to enable them to embark on dry season farming which will help them carry on their age-long profession even after they have relocated.

Around 50 Feared Dead In DR Congo Mine Flooding

Hundreds of people gather in Kamituga, South Kivu, on September 12, 2020, at the entrance of one of the mines where dozens of Congolese artisanal miners are feared to be killed after heavy rain filled the mine tunnels. STRINGER / AFP

 

About 50 people are feared dead after an artisanal gold mine flooded in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo after torrential rain, a provincial governor said Saturday.

The accident in the makeshift mine occurred on Friday in the town of Kamituga, in South Kivu province, about 270 kilometres (170 miles) southwest of the regional capital Bukavu.

DR Congo’s mineral-rich but volatile east faces regular attacks from a plethora of militias and rebel groups which operate freely in the region.

South Kivu governor Theo Ngwabidje Kasi deplored “the tragic deaths of 50 people, most of them young”.

However, Kamituga mayor Alexandre Bundya said “we are not yet sure of the exact number” of victims.

No bodies had been recovered so far, he said, adding that “19 families have come to look for their relatives”.

 

DR Congo President Felix Tshisekedi said he was “deeply saddened” and asked the government to “take strong measures so that such tragedies are not repeated.”

A local resident at the scene, Jean Nondo Mukambilwa, told AFP that only one body had been found so far.

Torrential rain had flooded a river close to the mine, and dismissed an earlier report that the mine had caved in, he said.

“It was not a collapse. It was because of the rains that the accident happened,” he explained.

“Water went into the three tunnels. When people tried to get out, there was no way as the water was flowing strongly, with high pressure.”

Hundreds of people gathered at the entrance to one of the tunnels, a video sent to AFP by the witness showed.

Men using shovels were trying to clear the entrance to the narrow passageway, as Red Cross workers stood waiting.

The mayor decreed two days of mourning and called on locals to help extract the bodies from the ground.

“Investigations must be carried out to find out the causes of this disaster,” said a representative of civil society, Nicolas Kyalangalilwa.

“The authorities must take responsibility instead of taxing” these miners.

Accidents in DR Congo’s makeshift mines are common and often deadly.

– Illegal mining rampant –

In June 2019, at least 39 men died when a copper mine in Kolwezi, in the southeastern Katanga region, partially collapsed.

Because many such mines are in remote areas however, the accidents are under-reported. DR Congo has huge reserves of gold, cobalt, copper and coltan.

It is the world’s largest producer of cobalt, crucial for making the batteries used in mobile phones and electric vehicles.

The illegal miners sell what they find to local traders, who sell it on to large foreign companies and are usually paid a pittance.

Mining hardly benefits DR Congo’s more than 80 million people. The World Bank said in 2018 that 72 percent of the population lived on less than 1.9 dollars a day.

Most Congolese earn their living in informal economic sectors such as makeshift mining.

According to a report by London-based specialist firm Darton, up to 16 percent of the cobalt extracted in the mineral-rich Katanga province came from illegal miners.

Buhari Assures Jigawa Flood Victims Of Federal Support

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.
A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday assured families impacted by flooding in several communities in Jigawa state of timely support from the Federal Government.

In a statement signed by spokesman Garba Shehu, the President directed the National Emergency Management Agency and other relevant government agencies to “urgently assess the situation in the affected areas with a view to providing the needed humanitarian supplies.”

The President also commended the prompt response of the Jigawa State government to the disaster.

“The President would continue to follow very closely reports of flood situation across the country, and ensure that relevant Federal agencies are well prepared to respond to such disasters and mitigate associated risks,” Shehu’s statement said.

Channels Television reported on Wednesday that the death toll from the flood has risen to 18.

A flooded community in Jigawa State.

 

“We now have a total of 18 people that died as a result of the heavy downpour. Many homes are no longer habitable and also farmlands are destroyed,” the Executive Secretary of the state Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr Sani Yusuf, said at the time.

“As a matter of urgency, we are providing the victims with food, medicine, and a temporary shelter.

“In places where they are not accessible because of too much water, we give them canoes so that they can have access to the outside world.”

The affected areas include Buji, Taura, Jahun, Babura, Ringim, Dutse, Birnin Kudu, Miga, Kafin-Hausa, Auyo, Gwaram, Malam-Madori, Birniwa and Kaugama Local Government Areas.

Flood Ravages Houses, Farmlands In Kaduna

Residents affected by flood in Kaduna State exiting their residence on September 1, 2020.

 

Several houses and farmlands have been ravaged by flood in parts of Kaduna State.

The flooding occurred after a downpour on Monday night and lasted till Tuesday morning.

As a result, many residents have been forced out of their homes.

The incident comes weeks after the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (KADSEMA) issued an alert that some Local Government Areas in the state were likely to experience flooding.

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The agency also warned residents of the affected areas to vacate to safer places; a warning which some failed to adhere to.

The affected areas include Abubakar Kigo road, Barnawa,Kudenda, Ungwar Dosa, among others.

According to the emergency officials, those areas were prone to flooding as a result of drainages being blocked with refuse, and people building structures along water channels.

Jigawa Flood Death Toll Rises To 18

One of the flooded communities in Jigawa State.

 

The death toll in Jigawa flood has risen to 18, according to the state government.

Speaking to Channels Television via a phone interview, the Executive Secretary of the state Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr Sani Yusuf, said the government is providing an emergency aid to those affected.

“We now have a total of 18 people that died as a result of the heavy downpour. Many homes are no longer habitable and also farmlands are destroyed,” he said

“As a matter of urgency, we are providing the victims with food, medicine, and a temporary shelter.

“In places where they are not accessible because of too much water, we give them canoes so that they can have access to the outside world.”

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The affected areas include Buji, Taura, Jahun, Babura, Ringim, Dutse, Birnin Kudu, Miga, Kafin-Hausa, Auyo, Gwaram, Malam-Madori, Birniwa and Kaugama Local Government Areas.

Reacting, one of the flood victims, Malam Umar Dahiru, who lost his house to the flood, said the heavy downpour began on a Saturday night.

“Luckily enough, all my children were out of the house when the whole building collapsed. We lost everything including our food and clothes.

“I am calling on the government to help us. I am not the only one, even food to eat is now difficult to find,” Umar lamented.

Also, Hama Auwalu, a widow who is now living in her neighbour’s house called on the state government to come to their aid.

“We have about 13 rooms in this house, but none is now habitable. My husband died, we don’t have money.

“We also don’t even have food to eat. We are now living in our neighbour’s house. Please, we need urgent help from the government,” he said.

Niger Republic Flood Death Toll Rises To 45

People carry their belongings while walking in a street flooded by the waters from the Niger river that flooded in the Kirkissoye neighbourhood in Niamey on August 27, 2020. BOUREIMA HAMA / AFP

 

 

 

Several areas of the Niger capital Niamey remained underwater on Thursday as the death toll in recent floods that have displaced over 225,000 people rose to 45, authorities said.

Around 25,000 households had been hit by the floods, a statement by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management said.

In Niamey, where some areas have been submerged since Tuesday after heavy rainfall caused the Niger river to breach its banks, the river rose again by several centimetres after further heavy rains on Wednesday, an AFP journalist said.

Dozens of residents fled their homes earlier on Thursday, wading or swimming through flooded streets.

Teams of firefighters took to canoes to help victims.

“Until now we were in a dry place, then heavy rains came on Wednesday night and made the waters rise which took us by surprise as we slept,” said Moussa Amadou, a resident of Kirkissoye, one of the worst-hit neighbourhoods.

 

 

People carry their belongings while walking in a street flooded by the waters from the Niger river that flooded in the Kirkissoye neighbourhood in Niamey on August 27, 2020. BOUREIMA HAMA / AFP

 

Niger, one of the world’s driest as well as poorest countries, often experiences intense rainy seasons, which typically last two or there months.

The authorities announced in July that more than 300,000 people were at risk from flooding by the Niger River and from rainwater runoff since heavy rains began in June.

In 2019, floods killed 32 people.

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Governor Bello Condoles With Flood Victims As Death Toll Rises To 13 

The scene of a flooded community in Suleja area of Niger State on July 28, 2020.

 

Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, has condoled with the victims of the flood that occurred in Suleja area of the state on Saturday.

This comes as the death toll from the disaster rose to 13 with at least five persons still missing.

During a visit to the area, Governor Bello described the incident as unfortunate but expressed concern over the lack of adherence to urban development laws by the residents in the area.

While describing the incident as unfortunate, the governor, however, said the residents of the area do not comply with the open development laws.

“It is very unfortunate what has happened. About 12 or 13 people have died as a result of the flood. Our prayers are with the families of the deceased.

Governor Abubakar Bello says residents of the area flout existing laws by building houses on the waterways in the state.

“They are going through challenging times at the moment, they are grieving. I am also concerned that we have not been able to recover some of the bodies yet.

“I also understand there is an ongoing search for the remaining dead bodies. Hopefully, they will be found soon. On a separate note, I also noticed that in Suleja and some of our towns, people have made it a habit to build along waterlines and waterways.

“When you build along waterways, it is just a matter of time, it could be one, five or 10 years later, eventually the water will find its way,” he said.

Nine Dead, 20,000 Affected By Niger Floods

 

Heavy floods in Niger have claimed nine lives and destroyed more than 2,000 homes, affecting at least 20,000 people, the interior ministry said on Tuesday.

The southwestern Dosso region, central-south Maradi and Tahoua and Tillaberi in the west have been worst hit, it said in a statement.

Niger, one of the world’s driest as well as poorest countries, often experiences intense rainy seasons, which typically last two or three months.

The authorities announced early this month that more than 300,000 people were at risk from flooding by the Niger River and from rainwater runoff since heavy rains began in June.

Fifty-seven people died last year and more than 200,000 others were affected by floods that struck the capital Niamey and the country’s desert north.

The interior ministry urged people not to take shelter in ruined houses or to set up their homes in flood-prone areas.

 

102 Local Governments Across Nigeria Will Experience Heavy Flooding – NEMA

Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Muhammadu Muhammad gives a briefing on what the weather will look like in the coming days.

 

The Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Retired Air Vice-Marshal Muhammadu Muhammad has cautioned Nigerians residing in areas identified as flood risk areas to evacuate their facilities immediately to avert any form of disaster that may arise as a result of flooding.

Air Vice-Marshal Muhammad says about 102 local governments are expected to experience a high rate of flooding, he, however, notes that the agency has put in place measures to mitigate the impact.

In a statement on Friday, Mr Muhammed, said Kaura and Zaria local government areas in Kaduna state are among the high-risk areas and urged state emergency management agencies to help sensitize residents and prepare to evacuate communities.

The NEMA DG also advised governments to organise state humanitarian coordination forum meetings in order to prepare stakeholders for mitigation and response to floods when they hit.

Lagos warns residents of four council areas

As the rains intensify in the coming days, residents of some local government areas in Lagos state may have to prepare for severe flooding.

According to the commissioner for environment and water resources, Mr Tunji Bello, Lagos Mainland, Mushin, Ibeju-Lekki, and Ikorodu are likely to experience flooding as a result of high rainfall.

He also identified 14 other local government areas that could face flood risks this year.

They include Lagos Island, Alimosho, Amuwo Odofin, Ikeja, Kosofe, Eti-Osa, Apapa, Ojo, Oshodi/Isolo, Agege, Ifako Ijaiye, Badagry, Surulere, and Ajeromi-Ifelodun.

While promising that efforts at clearing the drains continue, the commissioner warned against dumping of heaps of pet plastic bottles, styrofoam, and solid waste in drainage channels especially in Mushin, Idi Oro, Idi Araba, LUTH and Mile 2 areas of the metropolis.

Japan Rescuers Battle To Reach Thousands Trapped By Floods

High school students shovel off the mud from a ryokan, a traditional Japanese style hotel, in the aftermath of heavy flooding in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto prefecture on July 9, 2020. - Japanese emergency services and troops scrambled on July 9 to reach thousands of homes cut off by catastrophic flooding and landslides that have killed dozens and caused widespread damage. (Photo by STR / JIJI PRESS / AFP) / Japan OUT
High school students shovel off the mud from a ryokan, a traditional Japanese style hotel, in the aftermath of heavy flooding in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto prefecture on July 9, 2020. – Japanese emergency services and troops scrambled on July 9 to reach thousands of homes cut off by catastrophic flooding and landslides that have killed dozens and caused widespread damage. (Photo by STR / JIJI PRESS / AFP) / Japan OUT

 

 

Japanese emergency services and troops scrambled on Thursday to reach thousands of homes cut off by catastrophic flooding and landslides that have killed dozens and caused widespread damage.

Japan’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency said rising floodwater or roads damaged by landslides had blocked access to more than 3,000 households, mostly in the hardest-hit southwestern region of Kumamoto where fresh downpours were forecast.

An AFP reporter in the cut-off village of Kuma saw parts of the road collapsed into the river and scenes of devastation in flood-affected houses.

In one home, an elderly man was struggling to clear up the debris and furniture littering the mud-caked floor, his traditional straw tatami mats in one room ruined.

The rain front started in the southwest in the early hours of Saturday and has since cut a swathe of destruction across Japan, dumping record amounts of rain and causing swollen rivers to break their banks.

Japan’s Meteorological Agency (JMA) said “heavy rain will likely continue at least until July 12 in a wide area” of the country, calling for “extreme vigilance” on landslide risks and flooding in low-lying areas.

The JMA issued its second-highest evacuation order to more than 450,000 people. However, such orders are not compulsory and most residents are choosing not to go to shelters, possibly due to coronavirus fears.

The death toll has climbed gradually as more victims are discovered in isolated areas.

Government spokesman Yoshihide Suga told reporters that 58 people had been confirmed dead, with a further four feared to have lost their lives.

Suga said authorities were investigating whether four other deaths were linked to the floods, adding that 17 people were missing and a dozen injured.

After five days blocked by floodwater and landslides, troops finally managed to rescue some 40 residents in the village of Ashikita in Kumamoto region.

Kinuyo Nakamura, 68, burst into tears of relief as she finally made it to an evacuation centre.

“Gosh, it was scary. My house, it’s such a mess, I cannot live there anymore,” she said as she came across someone she knew at the shelter.

“We have experienced flooding disasters in the past many times. But this one doesn’t compare. Rather than being afraid, I was just focused on escaping,” she told public broadcaster NHK.

Nakamura choked up as she explained that one of her neighbours had fallen victim to the floods.

“A truly, truly, fantastic person,” she said, covering her face to hide the tears. “That was the hardest thing.”

– ‘Hesitating to offer help’ –
In many areas, landslides reduced houses to rubble and floodwater rushed into homes in low-lying areas, destroying the contents and rendering them uninhabitable.

Japan has deployed at least 80,000 rescue workers to save lives with the aid of another 10,000 troops.

The rains also lashed central Japan, with local official Ryoichi Miyamae telling AFP that nearly 4,000 people were cut off, mainly trapped in the cities of Gero and the tourist magnet of Takayama by the overflowing Hida River.

Complicating the rescue efforts, the coronavirus pandemic has claimed nearly 1,000 lives in Japan from more than 20,000 cases.

The need to maintain social distancing has reduced capacity at shelters and many have preferred to take refuge in their vehicles for fear of becoming infected.

One emergency worker said the coronavirus might be dissuading people from volunteering to help with the rescue efforts.

“A special characteristic of this disaster I felt was not people hesitating to evacuate, but people hesitating to offer help,” one doctor said, according to NHK.

“In past disasters, by the fourth day, we would normally see relief efforts like people preparing meals. This time, I am yet to see anything like that.”

Regional authorities have asked potential volunteers from outside Kumamoto not to travel to the region, for fear of spreading the virus.

Japan is in the middle of its annual rainy season and often sees damaging floods and landslides during this period that lasts several weeks.

However, experts say climate change is intensifying the phenomenon because a warmer atmosphere holds more water to dump in the form of rain.

PHOTOS: Flood Hits Parts Of Lagos After Heavy Rains

One of the areas flooded in Lagos on June 18, 2020.

 

 

Thursday dawned in Lagos with the heavy rains which disrupted early morning activities in the nation’s commercial city.

This led to floods taking over most streets as many residents were forced to stay indoors and those who attempted to step out were held in traffic.

According to Channels Television reporters on the road, cars and trucks have been held up in gridlock as a result of the gridlock.

Some of the places where traffic has built up due to the floods include Agege, Iju Road, Victoria Island, Lekki, Ikeja, Oshodi, Ogudu, and Ketu among other parts of the state.

On the Long Bridge axis of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, the traffic was heavy inbound Lagos, but it was smooth out of the state.

However, some motorists were seen driving against traffic while some commuters took the option of using motorcycles, defying the safety implications, the state ban order, and the drizzle.

For some of the commuters, it was preferable to trek in order to get to their various desired destination.

See the photos below:

Ogun Officials Inspect Roads, Water Channels In Isheri

 

Officials of the Ogun State government have been visiting coastal areas in a move to ascertain the condition of existing water channels and their effectiveness in controlling flood.

The state Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Ade Akinsanya as well as the special adviser to the governor on environment, Ola Oresanya, led other officials on tour of the Isheri boundary community to inspect the drainage system and the on-going road rehabilitation on Channels TV avenue.

The commissioner explained that the reconstruction is targeted at fixing bad portions on the 3-kilometere road, beginning with the first phase from the entrance of the community to the LSPDC estate.