8 November 2012

Nigeria: 'Nasarawa Lost Over 2,000 Hectares of Farmland, 28 Persons to Flood'

Lafia — Over 2,000 hectares of farmland were lost to the flood which affected not less than 200 communities across Nasarawa State, just as 28 persons, including women and children died in the disaster, Dr. Abdullahi Idris, Executive Secretary, Nasarawa State Emergency Mana-gement Agency (NASEMA) said yesterday.

He said statistics available to his agency shows that over 2,000 hectares of farmland across over 200 communities, all within the distance of about 15 kilometers from Benue River were washed away.

Olam Nigeria Limited, a Singapore based investor, alone, according to Dr. Idris, lost about 500 hectares of its US$900 million rice farm.

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