The Director of Relief, Niger State Emergency Management Agency, Garba Salisu, has said at least 14 persons died due to flooding in different parts of the state.
Salisu, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Minna, said the agency had engaged the services of no fewer than 200 local divers in the affected communities for rescue operations.
He stated that the local divers would complement the efforts of the agency’s rescue unit whenever the need arose.
Salisu also 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.
He urged communities, experiencing gully erosion, to relocate whenever the threat of flooding became high.
“My major fear is that most rains are usually at night when people are sleeping, but the only way is to create an environment for the smooth flow of water,” he said.
The director also called on communities prone to flooding to, as a matter of urgency, vacate the area temporarily to avoid disaster.