Benue Floods: 100,000 Sacked From Their Homes
“I have received with great concern reports of the flooding in Benue State, displacing, from early estimates, more than 100,000 people.”
Buhari wrote this on his official Twitter handle in reaction to the floods that have ravaged several communities in Benue state.
He said he had called for the National Emergency Management Agency to step in, following criticism in the media of authorities’ inaction in tackling the sitiation.
Two camps have been set up in Makurdi to accommodate those made homeless, but they were not set to open before the weekend.
Helen Teghtegh, the head of a local NGO, the Community Links and Human Empowerment Initiative, said the region had been battered by heavy rains over the past two weeks with the level of the Benue river rising.
Many residents in the state capital Makurdi have fled their homes since Wednesday, she added, launching an appeal for donations.
“We are still trying to get accurate data, we don’t know the number of casualties, but we are having a meeting tomorrow with local groups and emergency services, so we should know better,” she said.
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