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Flood submerges over 150 communities in Kogi – Commissioner

Mr. Sanusi Yahaya, Kogi State Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, said over 150 communities have been submerged following flooding in nine Local Government Areas of the State.

Yahaya made the disclosure while addressing newsmen after a stakeholders’ meeting at the State Emergency Operation Centre on Saturday in Lokoja.

The commissioner noted that the Centre had been activated as the state was already experiencing flood emergency.

Yahaya, also the State Coordinator, Emergency Operation Centre said that out of the nine LGAs located along the banks of River Niger and Benue, seven LGAs were severely affected while the situation was not so bad in the two other LGAs.

He said the LGAs severely affected are Ibaji, Kogi Koton Karfe, Lokoja, Ofu, Ajaokuta, Omala, and Idah.

He added that over 90 per cent of Ibaji communities has been submerged.

“Particularly, the majority of communities at Ibaji are underwater, 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.

“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 property.

Credit: Punch

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