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Floods submerge 150 communities in Kogi

Kogi State Ministry for Environment and Natural Resources says over 150 communities have been ravaged by flood across nine local government areas of the state.

The State Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Mr Sanusi Yahaya made this known in Lokoja at the state Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) on Saturday.

He noted that the EOC had been activated as the state was already experiencing flood emergency as a result of river flooding.

Mr Yahaya, who doubles as the state coordinator, EOC, said out of nine local government areas along the banks of the rivers Niger and Benue, seven were severely affected.

He listed the severely affected LGAs as Ibaji, Kogi/Koton-Karfe, Lokoja, Ofu, Ajaokuta, Omala and Idah, saying over 90 per cent of Ibaji communities have 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 today in Lokoja, from the report of the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA).

According to Commissioner Sunusi Yahaya, over 20 camps had been opened to accommodate flood victims.

He advised residents of flood-prone 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.

Mr Yahaya said the number of households as at yesterday, around the Gadumo axis, was 215, Ganaja 176, Galili 272 and Adankolo 246, all under Lokoja and Ajaokuta LGAs.

He, however, noted that no human fatality had been recorded.

The Commissioner who urged the federal government, through the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), to come to the aid of the state, appealed to individuals, organisations and other relevant stakeholders to assist the state.

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