Ebonyi State may have joined the list of Nigeria’s flood ravaging states because of the destruction recently caused by heavy rain.

A resident and farmer, Odono Sabastine said hunger will soon take over his family and the state, following heavy downpour in Ohaukwu local government area.

The renowned farmer, who hails from the Council area said he has to harvest his premature yam, because of the heavy flood that occurred on Sunday.

He disclosed to Bounce News that he spent over N400,000 to procure yam seedlings and prepare the farm.

According to him, cassava, yam, cocoyam and maize was submerged in flood waters.

“I am shocked with the level of destruction of my yam farm by flood. The epidemic has crippled my effort and all I have laboured for this year.

“Hunger is ready to take over my household this year. I have to hurriedly harvest my yam as heavy downpour descended on Ebonyi soil has devastated my farm, and all other crops in swampy soil in Ebonyi State.

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“It is disheartening that about one hectare of land duly planted with the best yam seeds have been damaged by the weather of this year.

“A huge loss and shortage have occurred to my farm yields, and there is no foreseen remedy for that. I am weeping because nature has slapped me down. I am sorry for most rice farmers this year.

“I went to Ntezi and bought good yam seedlings at N200,000. You know it is a swampy area, each one contains three yams.  In all, I spent over N300,000.

“Remember that each heap contains cassava, yam, cocoyam and maize. All these things were submerged.

“I am thinking of refilling that place, and creating a channel whereby water can pass through. The only thing is that it requires a lot of money,” he hinted.

Kogi state is one of the places hit by flood in recent time.

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