Flood kills 35 in Plateau, thousands displaced


By Sani Tukur

Flood, from heavy rainfall in six Local Government Areas, caused the death of 35 people in Plateau State, officials have said.

Spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in the state, Haruna Yohana, told our correspondent via telephone that 30 persons lost their lives in Langtang South Local Government, 4 in Wase, while 1 person died in Kanam Local Government.

Many families in the affected areas also reported that some of their relations are still missing.

The Southern part of Plateau witnessed heavy down pour which lasted for several hours between Saturday and Sunday.

Premium Times also learnt that corpses of victims are still found in villages far from the affected residential homes. Over a hundred communities and thousand of houses were affected by the flood.

Flood has also destroyed the only bridge linking Southern Plateau with Nassarawa and Taraba states.

A resident of Langtang South, who identified himself as Nandom, said he escaped the flood by whiskers; as the flood swept away many cultivated farmlands and domestic animals, as well economic trees very close to his place of abode.

The Senator representing the zone at The National Assembly, Victor Lar, who was at the scene on an on the spot assessment described the incident as unfortunate.

He noted that the victims of the flood disaster are suffering; adding that there is eminent threat of an epidemic in the area, as a result of the displacement of over 1500 people.

Mr. Lar assured the people of the state that the federal and state governments will come to their aid soon.

The senator said he has contacted the Director General of NEMA, and that of the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, who has sent a team of officials to access the level of destruction with a view to assisting the victims.

The Transition Committee Chairman of Shendam Local Government, Kemi Nshe, told Newsmen at a flood scene in Shendam that two hundred hectares of farm land was washed away in his Local Government alone.


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