Floods destroyed food and cash crops estimated at more than N1billion in seven local government areas of Zamfara State, Alhaji Bello Na-Allah, Director of Information of Zamfara Emergency Management Agency (ZEMA), said.
Na-Allah told newsmen in Gusau yesterday that the destruction occurred between August and October in Gummi, Shinkafi, Maradun, Gusau, Maru, Kauran Namoda and Anka Local Government Areas.
He said crops in nine farming communities were completely submerged or destroyed by the floods and listed the crops as maize, millet, sorghum, sugarcane, rice, cotton and soya-beans.
"The disaster had devastating effects on the people of the affected communities, who were left without food and shelter," Na-Allah said.
He said that for instance, in Gutsura community in Gummi Local Government Area, farmers lost up to N300 million worth of crops, in addition to losing their houses.
He said the flooding was caused by the collapse of some earth dams in the area, which caused rivers to over flow their banks.