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Flood: Snakebite Kills Village Head’s Wife As Humans, Reptiles Jostle For Space On Dry Land In Plateau

Tuesday 25 October 2022

Information Nigeria had reported the news that floods in some parts of Nigeria has increased cases of snakebites, particularly in Plateau.

Among those killed was the wife of the village head of Magama in Langtang South Local Government of Plateau.

Dr Nandul Durfa, Managing Director of a company which produces Anti-Snake Venom (ASV) told NAN the situation was scary.

“There is a huge rise in snakebite cases; one of the victims is the wife of the village head of Magama.

“Snakes and humans are all running away from the floods and would usually clash in the dry lands in the struggle for space”, he noted.

READ ALSO: Hunger Looms As Flooding Spikes Prices Of Food Items In Nigeria

Dr Abubakar Saidu Balla said since farmlands are wet, snakes go to higher grounds where they mix with people.

Balla noted that the floods forced snakes to migrate or carry them from forests to homes or over river banks.

The Research Officer at Snakebite Research Hospital, Kaltungo in Gombe said Riverine areas in Borno, Adamawa, Kogi, Gombe and Bauchi were also affected.

He lamented that victims cannot go to medical centres because the roads and bridges are either washed away or flooded.

“In the rural areas, the motorcycles help, but they cannot ride through the water now. Very often, victims reach treatment centres dead”, the expert added.

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via: Information Nigeria

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