At least 14 people have lost their lives to flooding in Niger State said the Director Relief, Niger State Emergency Management Agency, Alhaji Garba Salisu.
Salisu who appealed to residents of the state to desist from building on waterways and to stop indiscriminate dumping of refuse to reduce the effect of flooding in the state in an interview on Saturday in Minna, said that the agency had engaged the services of no fewer than 200 local divers in affected communities for rescue operations.
He said that the local divers would complement the efforts of agency rescue unit whenever the need arose.
He also urged communities experiencing gully erosion to relocate whenever the threat of flood became high.
“My major fear is that, most rains are usually at night when the people are sleeping, but the only way is to create environment 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.