Man loses wives, six children in Nigeria floods

From EMEKA OKONKWO 
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – A Nigerian man has reportedly lost two wives and six children during recent floods that battered central Nigeria.
This has emerged from the visit by Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, to areas affected by the inclement weather that has displaced hundreds.
Bello visited Checheniya area of Suleja to console a man, identified as Malam Saad Abdullahi, who is said to have lost his wives and children.
Bello blamed the deadly impact of floods on non-adherence to urban development regulations.
He said this was evident in indiscriminate building of structures without recourse to the law, especially on flood or stream plains.
“All these losses incurred both in human and properties would have been averted if our people adhered strictly to urban development regulations,” Bello, who donated N31 million (US$98 500) to affected areas, said.
“It is glaring that most of the affected structures were on the natural flood path. We have to desist from this unwholesome practice and obey simple laws that are meant for our good.”
Bello made the call when he paid on-the-spot assessment visit to some flooded areas in Lapai, Suleja and Tafa local government areas of the central state.
The governor meanwhile, the governor has directed clearance of all the debris on the over flooded stream to give way for free flow of water and to forestall future disaster at Gawuraka in Tafa local government area.
A corpse washed away by floods was recovered meters away from the victim’s home.
Niger is the biggest of 36 states in the West African country.
CAJ News

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