Kogi govt sets up IDP camps as wa­ter level rises

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Itodo Daniel Sule, Lokoja

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.

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