Floods kill eight; displace over 1 million in Kogi Reviewed by Momizat on . Eight persons have been killed and about one million displaced from their home in Kogi State by the recent flooding that have ravage the state due to the releas Eight persons have been killed and about one million displaced from their home in Kogi State by the recent flooding that have ravage the state due to the releas Rating:
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Floods kill eight; displace over 1 million in Kogi

Eight persons have been killed and about one million displaced from their home in Kogi State by the recent flooding that have ravage the state due to the release of Kainji and Shiroro dams of the River Niger, an official said on Monday.

The Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) operations in Abuja, Ishaya Isah, who in company of some members of the National Assembly from Kogi West visited one of the relieve camp in Lokoja, confirmed that about eight persons have lost their lives as a result of the flood while over 332 communities were washed away by the flood.

“About nine local governments were affected by the waters and over 332 communities have suffered this devastation of the flood. People lost their household utensils, their houses and over 70 percent of them lost all their farm products,” he said.

Mr Isah said that the eight persons that died were killed when a boat cap sided in Banda, a community which is about ten minutes’ drive away from Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.

Abuja road blocked

The Lokoja-Abuja road wish have a free flow of traffic for quite sometimes now have been put on hold as a result of the flood, water from river Niger has over flown and move across the road in Banda village making it difficult for vehicles heading to Abuja or returning from the FCT to the eastern part of the states to move.

Some commuters trapped on either side of the road told Channels Television’s reporter that they have been there in the last two days without head ways. Getting out of Banda some commuters use canoes to get to the other side of the river while others ride on commercial motorcycle to get to Banda.

Some travellers said the state government should take a proactive step in putting a temporary solution to the situation by inviting an engineer to drain out the water.

Alternative routes
Meanwhile, the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) said it has worked out alternative routes to and from Abuja to lessen the agony of motorists, following the temporary closure of the flooded Lokoja-Abuja Road.
In a statement on Monday, the Deputy Corps Public Education Officer of the commission, Bisi Kazeem urged motorists driving from Lagos and wishing to use Okene-Lokoja-Abuja route, to divert to Okene-Ajaokuta-Ayangba-Ankpa-Makurdi Lafia-Akwanga-Abuja route.
Those coming from the South East should use Otukpa-Makurdi route, and those driving from Abuja to Lokoja should use Akwanga-Lafia-Makurdi-Ankpa-Okene route.
He said the commission had also deployed more personnel in those routes to forestall traffic gridlock.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/W5DTLUZPWBJPC5SQNAEWUTWY2M Nugwa

    Am sorry but seriously, Channels? Is there no one in your organisation that speaks proper English and vets articles before they are put up for people to read? 
    The Lokoja-Abuja road wish have a free flow of traffic for quite sometimes now:  there are so many things wrong in this sentence only. Please hire competent writers and not just anyone who claims to have a degree from a state university.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YMUHQ7JD4JJR6SMPR4IWCSIIAY Smart

    Nugwa, learn how to appreciate good things before condemnation. Can you say that you did pick any meaning from this information? Though there was a mistake in the sentence but that did not warrant this deadly comments of yours. You should understand the situation under which this report was written. Channels well done keep up your good job. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/KX3ZLVEENVBZY64RM3B3QCO5PU olisa

       so because a good job is being done by enlightening us on the events happening in kogi state the writer of this article shouldnt be precise??

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/W5DTLUZPWBJPC5SQNAEWUTWY2M Nugwa

      I am sorry but there is

  • SIRAJ MUHAMMAD FUNTUA

    FGN should do something as fast as possible. Since the govt has refused to take preventive measures against the flood, then it should take adequate corrective measures to bring permanent solution to this flood. As for those that were affected, their state Governors should provided adequate first aid to their people before the interventions of the FGN. I pray God almighty should come to their aid; and give them the fortitude to bear their lost.

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