25, 000 displaced by flood in Benue
Over25,000peoplehavebeendisplaced by flood in Benue State as heavy rains dislodged many families in several areas of the state at the weekend.
Executive Secretary of the Benue State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr. Boniface Ortese, told Daily Trust yesterday that he had established eight camps in six local government areas of the state.
He said two of the camps are in Makurdi which has the largest number of displaced persons while the other six temporary shelters are located in five affected local councils.
According to him, the affected LGAs include: Kastina-Ala, Buruku, Guma, Gwer West, Makurdi and Agatu.
Ortese who said he toured parts of the affected areas with a boat at the weekend noted that 21 communities were completely submerged in Agatu and Gwer West with Agatu having at least 7,000 displaced people.
“The figure could be more than that because we were not able to cover all the submerged villages with the boat. I have given them questionnaires to fill so that we can actually determine the number of displaced people in the area,” he said.
The SEMA boss added that the main camp housing flood victims in Makurdi at the international market had recorded over 11, 000 people even as he had to open another one in Chile Island of Makurdi LGA with a total of 2, 600 as at the last count on Saturday.
Ortese said relief materials had been distributed to the victims in all the eight camps across the state as directed by Governor Samuel Ortom.