Floods in central Nigeria have brought a spate of wild and dangerous animals including crocodiles, hippos, and snakes into homes and communities, the BBC reported.
“There is now a hippopotamus in [my] house,” Wuese Jirake, a resident of Benue state, told the broadcaster. “I hope that when it is tired, it may leave my home.”
Jirake added: “If there is any other way of dealing with the problem, the authorities need to pursue that because it is beyond my abilities.”
The BBC reported that there were similar incidents in other states that were hit by floods.
Abdussalam Muhammad, the disaster management official in the region, said that there were dangerous animals in many homes.
“Presently there are crocodiles and snakes as well as other dangerous animals brought in by the floodwaters that are living in those houses, so, if the people return, it will be harmful to them and they will put their lives at risk,” he said.
Muhammad urged those who were affected to wait for instructions after the floods die down.
Huge amounts of rainfall brought the floods in recent days, killing at least 148 people in 21 states, the Nigerian Red Cross said, according Nigeria’s The Punch publication. Around 64,000 people have been forced into homelessness, the agency said.
Nigerian Senator Bukola Saraki, who heads the environment committee, told the publication that the damage was shocking, saying that many “have deserted their homes because of floods.”
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