Sunday, 6 August 2017

Flooding Hits Parts Of Benue

Floods have destroyed many property and rendered thousands homeless in Benue.
The Commissioner for Water Resources and Environment, Mr Joseph Ustev, told pressmen on Saturday in Makurdi that five local governments had been affected by flooding in the state.

Ustev said that all the local governments were among the six predicted by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) that would be affected by the 2017 flooding.
NAN reports that the six local government areas are Makurdi, Buruku, Guma, Tarka, Logo and Agatu.

“So far the flood committee has discovered that flood has actually set in, we went to places like Adeke along Welfare Quarters and discovered that flood has taken over some houses.

“As we speak, they are homeless, like one of the places we visited, they were yet to eat because water has taken over their houses and there is no place to cook.
“The problem in Adeke is because of lack of sufficient culvert to control the water; while along George Akume Road, the area needs a big drainage system to control the water flow.”

Ustev urged the Federal Government to include Benue among the states to benefit from the N1.6 billion ecological intervention funds for states affected by flood disaster in the country.
He said that since 2013, the state had not received any ecological assistance from the Federal Government.

He said that the current budget provisions to address environmental issues were inadequate and needed to be increased as a result of the number of disasters witnessed in the country.

He said that if adequate budgetary provisions were made many disasters may be mitigated the since natural disasters could only be controlled.

“Natural disasters cannot be prevented but minimised, there are measures that man can put in place to checkmate the disasters like dredging of rivers where necessary, building of drainage systems among others.

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