Thursday, April 17, 2014

Benue flood displaces 13 thousand people, submerges 50 houses


Over 13,000 people have been rendered homeless as a result of the flood in Benue.

The flood in Benue has displaced over 13 thousand people and left 50 buildings submerged in Agatu Local Government Council of the state, a legislator, Audu Sule has said.

Mr. Sule, a member of the Benue State House of Assembly representing Agatu Constituency, said in Makurdi that the affected villages include Obagaji, Oweto, Ologba, Okpacheni, Ekwo, Obisu, Ogbobe, Akiba, Ogan, Olegadapa, Adeka, Ichogolugu and Itugolugu.

He said that some of the affected people have been taking refuge under trees, churches, schools and in uncompleted buildings. The flood also swept away a variety of crops, livestock, bridges and culverts, the lawmaker said stressing that it has caused untold hardship to the people.

He appealed to the state and national emergency management agencies, corporate bodies and well-meaning individuals to come to the aid of the Agatu people so as to ameliorate their sufferings.

He also solicited for medical facilities and foodstuffs for victims.

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