Benue:Flood Wrecks Havoc in Makurdi, Over 5000 Displaced

Posted: September 12, 2012 in Arts and life, Uncategorized
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More than 5,000 people have been displaced, and 800 houses submerged in Makurdi and its environs following the overflowing of the River Benue as a result of release of excess water from the lagdo Dam in Cameroun. Our correspondent who visited some of the flooded areas such as Gyado Villa, Residents behind Benue Brewery Abinsi etc yesterday witnessed the victims weeping over the destruction caused to their property by the flood as many houses and other property were submerged in the waters. Deep water in many parts of Makurdi that are close to the River Benue have blocked roads, stranded cars and flooded homes. In several areas, the water was waist deep or higher. A victim, of the flood disaster Mr Linus Tseker told our correspondent that the water which was first experience on Saturday started overflowing into houses adding that they had to break houses of some of their neighbours who had travel to evacuate their property. According to him the situation was also worsened following a heavy downpour Sunday night but they believe that the flood may also be as a result of the dam that overflowed from Cameroun. Mr Tseker who Appealed to government to come to their aid of the victims said, “this flood has destroyed all our property and we do not have anywhere to stay. The state Ministry of Water Resources and Environment, and the State Emergency Management Agency had ordered residents of flood-prone communities to vacate the areas, but many of the inhabitants did not heed the warnings. Executive Secretary of the Benue State Emergency Management Agency Mr. Adikpo Agbatse who was at the affected areas to inspect the damage caused by the flood said the disaster has already forced more than 5000 people in the state living along the river Benue banks from their homes, some of whom are now staying in emergency shelters in various locations of the state. Mr Agbatse, attributed the massive destruction to the refusal of residents to abide by the order recently issued by his office and the state government for those living close the river bank and flood prone areas to vacate. Benue State governor Gabriel Suswam, who visited the scene of the incident Monday, described it as very unfortunate, said the state government would hasten in its efforts to construct drainages and evacuate affected residents. While appealing to the federal government to intervene and to render maximum assistance so as to prevent further occurrence of flooding in other parts of the state, Suswam said the incident was a natural disaster and that the people should not blame government or themselves adding that “we will hasten to evacuate residents who are grossly affected and construct drainages around the affected areas.”

  1. Mchihi fab says:

    It really baffu’s me when SEMA officers vomit the rubbish that ppl did not heed to the warnin that they should relocate.Do you think every body is growing fat and living comfortable like you guys who steal from the government treasury?


  2. patience says:

    God have mercy upon this country Nigeria. Son of david have mercy.


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