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One Reported Killed As Flood Hits 37 Communities In Benue

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One Reported Killed As Flood Hits 37 Communities In Benue
« on: November 07, 2019, 11:58:04 PM »

    One person has been reported drowned as
flood submerges schools, power installations,
and rice farms in 37 communities of Agatu
Local Government Area of Benue State.
The incident has forced hundreds of residents
from their homes as they now take refuge
along the Guto-Oweto highway in the state.
The flood is a result of an overflow of the
shallow River Benue which could not contain
the release of excess water from the Lado
Dam in Cameroon.
Residents of Utugolugu, one of the affected
communities lamented in an interview with
Channels Television that they have been
victims of floods since 2012.

The floods hit the communities while the
people of Agatu, one of the worst-hit areas in
Benue from the many years of herdsmen
attacks, were still in the recovery process.
During a visit to some of the affected areas,
Channels Television uncovered a submerged
transformer which holds great danger for
anyone who attempts any form of evacuating
their belongings.

The most dangerous part of the flood was a
twenty-minute boat ride to Utugolugu where
the entire community was submerged.
Residents in this community practically live in
the water, cook on elevated wooden
platforms, and sleeps on the roofs of their
Some of the residents, Oigene Haruna and
Queen Matthew, urged the government to
come to their rescue, saying the suffering
was much for them.
According to the, their children have no
access to their school and no functional
hospital while they have continued to live right
inside the water for more than three months.
The lawmaker representing Agatu State
Constituency in the Benue State House of
Assembly, Godwin Edoh, and the Ada’Agatu,
Godwin Onah, said the situation requires an
urgent intervention of the government.


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