The Government Secretary, Benue State Emergency Administration Company(BSEMA), Emmanuel Shior mentioned on Wednesday that the rampaging flood has submerged 5 communities in Agatu and different elements of Makurdi, the state capital.
Shior disclosed this whereas briefing newsmen in Makurdi on the present flood state of affairs in the state, including that Rice Mill and different settlements on the banks of River Benue had been additionally affected. He mentioned that the state authorities had taken proactive measures, together with organising a committee to sensitise the folks of the state on the hazards forward.
He mentioned that the committee consists of officers drawn from SEMA, Ministry of Water Assets, Ministry of Info and different stakeholders in the state. Shior mentioned that SEMA, in conjunction with NEMA and different stakeholders, had launched into an consciousness marketing campaign in the media, church buildings and Mosques. He mentioned that the marketing campaign was meant to encourage residents of flood susceptible areas to relocate to safer areas.
The BSEMA boss mentioned that the newest examine with a guage confirmed that the water degree on the River Benue had risen to 11 metres, barely one meter to its most degree. In accordance with him, the water has just about reached the extent that brought about flooding in 2012, throughout which most elements of the state had been submerged. He suggested residents to steer clear from the river due to the excessive degree, saying that 12 metres was the very best degree that might trigger catastrophe in any state.
He mentioned that centres in the state, together with the Worldwide Market, had been ready to accommodate displaced individuals. In his comment, Mr Lugard Slaku , the Zonal Coordinator of the Nationwide Emergency Administration Company (NEMA) for North Central, mentioned that 12 states, together with Benue, had been listed as most threatened by flood in the nation.
“So we’ve include a crew educated by NEMA to collaborate with SEMA to evaluate the state of affairs, examine the accessible amenities and gaps and report again to the pinnacle workplace for extra sources, the place wanted.” Slaku mentioned.
Slaku mentioned that whereas NEMA, SEMA and different stakeholders had been working arduous to make sure immediate response to distres calls, the folks should cooperate with authorities to forestall avoidable catastrophe.