Flood displaces thousands in Nasarawa, Benue

Flood displaces thousands in Nasarawa, Benue
According to Ahmed Sarki-Usman, the chairman of the council, flooding has forced more than 2,000 people from their homes in communities in the Doma Local Government Area in Nasarawa State.

Sarki-Usman stated that the catastrophe occurred on September 20 during a visit to examine the flood-affected areas in the Ekye Development Area on Friday.

He explained that the purpose of his visit was to assess the extent of the flood's devastation in order to inform the state authorities and request any necessary action.

“It is unfortunate that the flood destroyed houses, farmlands, produce and other valuables worth millions of Naira.

“Many inhabitants of the area affected by flood have deserted their homes and are now camping at primary schools as temporary sites.

“What my people are facing is completely devastating,” he lamented.

Sarki-Usman urged people in the communities to remain calm as government would soon come to their aid.

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He commended Olam Farm Company in the area for its prompt support of victims, saying the gesture would go a long way in ameliorating their plights.

The Overseer of Ekye Development Area, Mr Bello Akoza, sympathised with the victims, urging them to remain calm as plans were on to support them in all ramifications.

He appreciated the chairman and his delegation for identifying with the people and the rekindling their hope.

In Makurdi, over 100,000 people living along the bank of River Benue in Makurdi, Benue State have been sacked by flooding as a result of water released from Lagdo Dam in Cameroon.

Newsmen, who went round the affected areas, observed that most houses have been submerged by the flood which overran the banks of River Benue.

Those living on the banks of the river hurriedly abandoned their houses to dry land.

A victim of the flood, Tersoo Umande, told newsmen that apart from 2012, this was the first time they were witnessing such flood.

Umande, who said he is squatting with a relation, appealed to State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, to intervene and provide temporary shelter for the victims of the flood.

As at press time, many families were seen leaving the flood ravaged areas with their personal belongings.

Executive Secretary of SEMA, Dr. Shior Emmanuel assured that the government would soon find a solution to the plight of the victims.
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