Kogi govt sets up IDP camps as water level rises
Communities in seven out of the nine flood prone local government areas of Kogi State have started experiencing flooding, following the rise of water level to 10.28m.
Kogi State Deputy Governor, and Chairman of Flood Committee, Yomi Awoniyi, who disclosed this in Lokoja at a meeting with stakeholders at the weekend named the affected areas to include Ajaokuta, Bassa, Idah, Ibaji, Ofu, Kogi and Lokoja.
He said government would begin monitoring of the affected communities with effect from today to ascertain the level of the disaster and the present water level in those areas.
The meeting discussed issues of establishment of internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps, documentation of people at the expected camps, including matters of security and health, relief materials, evacuation and continued sensitisation of people in the areas, he said.
Awoniyi said that the state government was concerned about saving lives. He therefore appealed to the Senior Special Assistants of the affected local government areas to engage town criers in local languages to further sensitive people living in flood prone areas to move upland.
He said appeal would continue to be made for people to leave the flood plains, adding that in future, clear sanctions would be taken against those that insist on building in flood prone areas.