100-year-old victim of Benue flood narrates experience

100-year-old victim of Benue flood narrates experiene
100-year-old victim of Benue flood narrates experiene

A woman who recently clocked 100 has appealed for support from Benue State Government.

Kutsuwe Kwembe, said to have celebrated her 100th birthday last month, was amongst an estimated 110,000 people displaced by flood in Makurdi.

She’s currently taking shelter at the camp of internally displaced persons in Makurdi, the state capital.

She said the August 27 flood was the third disaster she had experienced in recent years.

Her house was first destroyed in a flood around Gyado Villa neighbourhood eight years ago.

She was also a victim of the 2012 flood caused by the opening of Lagdo Lake Reservoir in Cameroon.

The latest flood destroyed some of the basic items she had in her house and flushed away the rest, according to her septuagenarian daughter who spoke on her behalf because she had become inaudible.

The centenarian’s appeal came hours after she was visited by the First Lady of Benue State, Eunice Ortom.

“The governor’s wife was here, but she just prayed and left,” her daughter said.

They were amongst those Mrs. Ortom saw during a Tuesday morning inspection tour of parts of the camp, which now holds about 4776 displaced persons.

Other inhabitants of the camp have also been narrating their ordeal, with appeals to state and federal authorities to provide enough support to stand on their own when they return to their homes.


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  • Okokondem

    We have all witnessed how leaders and governments around the world respond to natural disasters and emergencies in general. I would like to know if Buhari or someone he delegated traveled to the areas affected by the flood to reassure the people their government is behind them and would do what is necessary to ease their pain and suffering?

    From what I understand Buhari was in Daura while all of this was going on. This is after spending more than 3 months away from the county. So, when does he get to act presidential?

    We are not talking about Imo or Abia or Anambra here. This is Benue, one of the people the north co-opted into their 30 months war against the Igbos by letting them believe they are part of the Hausa/Fulani agenda.

    I’m yet to wake up one morning to hear or read about one thing that Nigeria has done right, a positive news or development that is not about people accused of stealing our commonwealth, or one or group of individuals who pocketed an entire pension fund to the tune of tens of billions of naira. Just one good and uplifting development about our country, is it too much to ask?