Rice farmers in Ebonyi state have begun counting their losses as a flood ravaged farmlands in eight local government areas of the state, destroying crops worth millions of naira.

Mostly affected by the natural disaster was Akpoha town in Afikpo North Local Government Area where several rice farms were ruined by an overwhelming presence of water.

During an assessment visit by Ebonyi State Emergency Management Agency, the Executive Secretary, Ken Nwabueze regretted that the disaster would affect the finances of farmers. He however stated that the Nigerian Meteorological Agency had predicted that eight local government areas of the state would be affected by flood this year.

The Ebonyi SEMA boss advised residents owning cassava farms in areas prone to flooding to relocate or move to IDPs camps to prevent another tragedy. He added that the farm-flooding incident would be reported to the federal and state governments for interventions.

On his part, Coordinator of Amaoha Development Center, David Egwu observed that the incident was caused by the Akpoha River in the state while appealing to the federal government for assistance.