By Tinuade Salami
The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, said the agency had received a distressed
call of eminent flood in Sarkin Noma, Ganaja in Lokoja LGA and Igala mela LGA of Kogi State,
Head, Media and Public Relations of the agency Sani Datti in a statement on Thursday, the
Agency had immediately established contact with the State Commissioner for Environment,
State Emergency Management Agency and other relevant stakeholders over the alert.
The statement stated that a team also from the agency are due to arrive the state for
appropriate action to the affected persons and communities.
The agency therefore strongly advised the communities living around the flood plains to
immediately relocate to higher grounds for safety to avoid the danger of the eminent flood in
Makurdi, the Benue state capital was on Wednesday submerged by flood which buried homes,
washed off cars and displaced more than a hundred thousand people.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, while conveying the
government’s sympathy at a news conference on 31 July 2017 in Abuja had said that about 30
states and over 100 local government areas, which had been categorised as high flood risk
areas, could expect flooding this year.
The minister made the statement on the day Acting President Yemi Osinbajo approved the
immediate release of N1.6 billion to 16 states already affected by the flood.