Victims of the flood that occurred last month in Suleja area of Niger State have gotten relief materials from the federal government.
Our correspondent in the state reports that the incident claimed many lives with some still missing
The victims, who recount their ordeal, said many marriages have been broken because of the annual flood that usually occurred in the area.
Some wives had reportedly left their husbands over the flood incidence as majority of the men, who owned the affected houses, said they can’t entirely abandon their properties.
Mrs Bunmi Adekanye, while narrating her ordeal during the unfortunate incident, said she and her children climbed roof top where they were later rescues as the flood took over the entire house.
“My children and myself were rescued from the rooftop of my house because of the level of the water that almost covered the entire house and all our properties damaged. We have been living in our neighbour’s house since then while the community have been feeding them and paying their hospital bills,’’ she said.
Another resident of the area, Chief Joseph Chukwu, said the flood damaged his four bed room apartment and had been living in the only room that seems safe for now.
Speaking during the distribution of the material to the victims, head of Minna operation office National Emergency Management Agency, Mrs Wagami Lydia, said the agency does not compensate for the loss suffered but only provide some form of relief to the affected persons in order to cushion the effects of the disaster.
According to her “the materials distributed included food and non-food items which includes; 553 bags of 12.5kg rice, 553 bags of 25kg beans, 553 bags of 12.5kg maize, 56 kegs of vegetable oil, 90 cartons of seasoning, 28 bags of salt, 46 cartons of tin tomato, 1106 pieces of mattress, 1106 pieces of mosquito net, 1106 pieces of Guinea brocade, 1106 pieces of blanket, 1272 bags of cement, 1272 bundles of roofing sheet, 141 bags of 3inches nail, 282 packets of Zinc nail and 1272 pieces of ceiling boards.”
She called on the people of the area, especially those on the lowlands and along river banks to relocate to higher grounds and urged beneficiaries not to sell the material given to them.