23 die, 74 injure as flood displaces Benue residents, says SEMA

By Gabriel Ewawoche

The Executive Secretary of the State Emergency and Maintenance Agency, SEMA, Dr Emmanuel Shior, on Tuesday, stated that 23 people lost their lives, while 74 others were injured as flood ravaged some parts of Benue State.

He reportedly stated this on Tuesday during the distribution of relief materials to flood victims in eleven local government areas; Guma, Vandeikya, Otukpo, Katsina-Ala, Makurdi, Apa, Agatu, Tarka, Gboko, Gwer West and Logo were affected.

According to him, 116,084 people were displaced across the state, adding that 14,040 hectares of land were washed away whilst displacing 12,856 households with 4,411 houses submerged.

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According to him, “as of the time we received the flood prediction in July, we activated contingency plans and embarked on sensitization and awareness campaign, did jingle on the pending flood,” he said

He said some people waited for it to happen and refused to relocate. The flood affected many people, companies schools and other structures, adding that the flood had contaminated sources of water in some parts of the state and prompting the federal government, through the National Emergency and Maintenance Agency, to provide machines to purify water for people’s consumption.

He said 8,000 cubic water was purified on Monday and distributed to affected people in Makurdi, the capital city.

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