25, 000 dis­placed by flood in Benue

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hope Abah, Makurdi

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.

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