Over 100 Communities Submerged As River Niger Overflows (Video)
Niger flood. Source: Channels TV.

More than one hundred communities in Niger State, northern Nigeria, have been submerged following the overflow of the River Niger.

The River Niger overflow also destroyed farmlands and houses, leaving residents of the affected communities homeless.

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Abubakar Bello, the state governor, visited the communities with other members of the state executive to find ways of relocating the residents.

Concise News understands that the development comes weeks after the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) issued a flood alert for seven states – Kebbi, Niger, Kwara, Kogi, Anambra, Delta, and Bayelsa – on the floodplains of River Niger.

The NIHSA had also warned that the steady rise in water levels and weather forecast in the coming weeks have put Nigeria at risk of witnessing a recurrence of catastrophic flooding similar to what it witnessed in 2012.

The agency had also called on 12 states to be on alert with Edo, Taraba, Benue, Adamawa, and Rivers states joining the seven states previously put on alert.