President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to immediately mobilize personnel and resources to aid victims of the flooding in Benue State.
The Benue State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, had earlier on Thursday said over 110,000 people in the state including Makurdi, the state capital, were recently displaced by the flood.
A statement by Presidential Media Aide Garba Shehu said the President was greatly concerned about reports of the flooding in Benue State, which, according to early estimates, has affected thousands of homes and displaced more than 100,000 persons in 12 local government areas.
Shehu said the President commiserated with the people and government of Benue State over the unfortunate incidences assuring that the government will provide the needed assistance to help the affected communities cope.
“Consequently, the President has directed the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to immediately mobilize personnel and resources to come to the aid of the victims of the flooding. The President is closely monitoring the situation, and will be receiving regular updates on the scale of the disaster, as well as the Federal Government’s humanitarian response.
“The President extends his sympathies to the Government and people of Benue State, and assures that the Federal Government will make available any assistance needed to enable the State Government and the affected communities cope with and surmount the impact of the flooding” the statement read in part.
The Executive Secretary of SEMA, Boniface Ortese, had in an earlier report on Wednesday told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Makurdi that over 2, 769 households were also affected.
He explained that the affected areas included Achusa, Idye, Wurukum Market, Genabe, Industrial Layout, Demekpe, Wadata Market, Katungu, behind the Civil Service Commission, Agboughul-Wadata among others.
In Achusa, 200 houses were affected with 5,125 persons displaced. In Idye 217 houses were affected while 5,200 persons were displaced.
Also, behind the Civil Service Commission 200 houses were submerged in flood and 5,777 persons were displaced.
At Genabe, 200 houses were affected with 5,021 persons displaced, 218 houses around the Wurukum market were affected with 1,000 persons displaced, and at Wadata market150 houses were affected and 4,300 persons were displaced.
Similarly, at Industrial Layout, 69 houses were flooded and 4,310 persons displaced; Demekpe 111 houses were affected while 7,820 persons displaced.
In Katungu, 137 houses were flooded with 6,031 persons displaced while at Agboughul-Wadata 201 houses were affected and 5,728 persons displaced.