Expect more flood in Jos, commissioner says

Two weeks after massive floods caused the death of scores of people in Jos, the Plateau State capital, the state government has warned of more floods in Jos and other parts of the state.

Sarah Yusuf, the State’s Commissioner for Environment said this while addressing Journalists in the state capital on Thursday.

“While we mourn the many lives lost to the flood that swept some parts of Jos, penultimate Sunday, the Federal Ministry of Environment has alerted us (of) more floods,” Mrs. Yusuf said.

Mrs. Yusuf said the warning by her ministry was to prevent more deaths as a result of the impending flood.

“It is good that we have this alert in advance. We don’t want a situation where people will be taken unawares and many lives will be lost,’’ she said.

The commissioner advised residents living in the flood prone areas of Jos-Bukuru metropolis to leave the area before the heavy rains begin. She also advised residents to ensure that all drains and water ways are cleared.

Angwan Rogo, Angwan Osi, and Rikkos of Plateau state were the most affected areas in the flood of a fortnight ago which caused the death of over 38 people and the destruction of 200 houses.

The State Government says it is already holding stakeholders meeting, to map out strategies, in order to contain the situation.

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