Flood de­stroys 50,000 houses in Kogi

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

The Kogi State Com­mis­sioner for En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources, Mrs Rose­mary Osikoya, has said that at least 50,000 have been af­fected by the flood rav­aging some com­mu­ni­ties in the state.

Osikoya, said yes­ter­day that over 6,000 houses were af­fected in Lokoja alone, adding that 78 of the af­fected houses in Lokoja were com­pletely de­stroyed.

The com­mis­sioner iden­ti­fied other ar­eas af­fected by flood to in­clude Igalamela/Odolu, Ibaji, Idah and Bassa, among oth­ers.

She said col­la­tions were still on-go­ing to as­cer­tain the num­ber of peo­ple as well as other houses that must have been af­fected in the dis­as­ter.

The com­mis­sioner urged those who are still liv­ing in flood prone ar­eas to re­lo­cate im­me­di­ately to higher ground to avoid loss of lives and prop­erty.

“Some of the peo­ple have re­fused to move be­cause they said flood is sea­sonal and would come and go, but we want to kindly plead with ev­ery­body to move out of the wa­ter area,” she said.

She said of­fi­cials of the Na­tional Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (NEMA) have ar­rived the state from Abuja, to as­cer­tain the level of dev­as­ta­tion caused by the flood.

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