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Following a flood calamity in Niger State’s Magama and Rafi local governments, a number of people have perished.

Six people died in Magama and one in Rafi, according to Ahmed Ibrahim Inga, director-general of the Niger State Emergency Management Agency, who announced this in a statement yesterday. NewsReport learned.

He said many people had also been rendered homeless as their houses, farmlands, bridges and some roads were washed away in Lavun, Magama, Rafi, Kontagora, Gbako, Mashegu and Wushishi local government areas.

Inga warned that the general assessment of the impact of rainfall was still ongoing, and called on communities to clear drainages and flush away stagnant water to avoid breeding mosquitoes that could cause malaria.

He also warned against building on waterways and dumping of refuse in drainages, just as he called on riverrine communities to limit their activities around river banks during the peak of the rainy season.

“Preferably, people living in riverine areas should relocate to safer grounds already identified,” he said.

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