Flood displaces hundreds in Kogi

Flooded Jimeta, Yola

The floods caused by the overflow of River Niger continue to wreak havoc.

Hundreds of people have been displaced by flood in Lokoja and other communities due to the overflow of River Niger, Abdulrahman Wuya, the Kogi Commissioner for Environment, said on Friday.

Mr. Wuya said that several communities along the bank of the river in Kogi, Ibaji, Ajaokuta, Ofu, Idah and Omala Local Government Areas had been ravaged by flood.

He said many houses in Sarki Numa, Ganaja, Natako, Gadumo, Adankolo, Poroka, Kinami, Egan, Jamata, Edeyo Budon and Kpata areas of Lokoja have been submerged in water.

Mr. Wuya and the state Chairman of the Nigerian Red Cross Society, Mustafa Allah-Dey, said that no death was recorded in the incident.

The commissioner said the state government has directed local government councils to immediately convert public places such as schools to temporary accommodation for the displaced persons.

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He gave the assurance that the government would provide some facilities at the camps to ameliorate the condition of the victims.

Mr. Wuya also said that the National Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Abuja had been contacted and the agency has been directed to visit and assess the extent of damage to property in the affected communities.

He advised those living in houses along the river’s bank to vacate immediately, as a fresh signal has indicated that more flooding might occur.

Mr., Allah-Dey hinted that the Red Cross has already deployed some officials to the affected communities to put the residents on red alert.

He said that relevant stakeholders such as the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, the Police, FRSC, Fire Service and the National Youth Council of Nigeria had been contacted for assistance in the event of any emergency.

“The water from the river can burst anytime from now. It can come anytime of the day,” he said.

The Red Cross leader said traditional rulers are being engaged to sensitise the people on the dangers posed by the development.

He warned the people living in houses along the river bank to move out in their own interest, advising them to think of their safety.

“Don’t take chances; it will come finally, go somewhere else for your safety,” Mr. Allah-Dey said.

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