Devastating Floods Hit Benue, Kastina States
If you think the floods are done with us, then think again.
Many properties have been destroyed with thousands of people rendered homeless in Benue and Katsina States.
In Benue, the Commissioner for Water Resources and Environment, Joseph Ustev, told newsmen on Saturday in Makurdi that five local governments have been affected.
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.
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 since 2013, the state has not received any ecological assistance from the Federal Government.
And to make matters worse, the current budget provisions to address environmental issues were inadequate
“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,” he said.