Heavy Flood submerge 150 communities in Kogi State


It was a day to count losses in Kogi State as heavy flood submerged over 150 communities in nine Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Kogi State, according to the Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources,Sanusi Yahaya.

This was disclosed while addressing newsmen after a stakeholders meeting at the state emergency operation centre on Saturday, September 21st in Lokoja. The commissioner noted that the centre had been activated as the state was already experiencing flood emergency.

Yahaya who is also the State Coordinator, Emergency Operation Centre (EOC), said that out of the nine local government areas located along the banks of River Niger and Benue, seven LGAs were severely affected while other two were not so severe. He said the LGAs severely affected are: Ibaji, Kogi Koton Karfe, Lokoja, Ofu, Ajaokuta, Omala and Idah, saying over 90 per cent of Ibaji communities have been submerged.

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”Particularly, majority of communities at Ibaji are under water, and many households have been affected and displaced. As we speak, the water level has risen very high to about 10.60m on Saturday in Lokoja from the report of the Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA). In the last few days, many communities, settlements have been displaced as a result of flooding,” he said.

He said that over 20 camps had been opened by the government to accommodate flood victims, which were spread across the nine affected LGAs. Yahaya advised residents of flood-prone areas and affected communities to relocate to safer places or move to the nearest camps opened by the state and local governments, to avoid loss of lives and properties.


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