Dan Ekah, Makurdi
Makurdi, Benue State Capital is currently under water as most parts of the capital suffer from flood occasioned by continued heavy downpour.
The affected areas include Wurukum, Kyabis, Gyado villa, Achussa and parts of Wadata all in Makurdi metropolis where the residents have been evacuating their belongings from their submerged homes.
Our correspondent reports that the situation of the flood-prone residential areas in the state Capital was worsened by the continued heavy rainfall in the past few days.
He also reports that most of the flood victims were relocating with their families to relatives’ home in other parts of the town as a result of the absence of relief camps.
Meanwhile, the state’s Commissioner for Water Resources and Environment, Engr. Joshua Ahire on Tuesday confirmed that at least 60 families were impacted by the flood in Makurdi metropolis.
Ahire said that his team had gone out to survey potential impact areas, adding however, that it was difficult to immediately ascertain the exact number of people affected by the flood in the state.
He listed other affected local government areas to include Buruku, Agatu, Logo, Ukum, Kastina Ala, and Guma, adding that in some of the places, it was farmlands that were affected mostly.
“The people haven’t opted to go to camp yet. We wanted to see how we can open the camp and start providing for them. But when we engaged them in discussion, they said they prefer to stay with their relatives while some of the affected have returned to their homes as the water receded in their environs,” Ahire explained.