300 residents sacked as River Benue overflows, submerges houses
Flood from River Benue has sacked over three hundred residents of Makurdi metropolis and environs as it overflows its bank following release of large quantities of water from the Lagdo Dam in the Republic of Cameroon as earlier predicted by the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET).
This was not the first time as a similar flooding incident occurred in 2012 which left many people devastated after loosing their farms, houses and other properties worth billions of Naira to the flood.
Areas worst hit according to the report are Demekpe, Wurukum, Wadata and North Bank all along the riverside in Makurdi where houses were submerged.
The Nigeria Air force fence at the foot of the new bridge and parts of the Benue State University are already at the verge of being flooded.
Other heavily flooded areas in the capital city included Terwase Agbadu, Gyado villa, the Redeemed Church, Kyabiz Hotel and parts of Judges Quarters, all located along Makurdi-Gboko expressway.
On Makurdi- Gboko road, it was observed that apart from a few resident and business shops owners, most of the people affected were students of the Benue State University Makurdi who are currently writing their second semester examinations.
The fallout of the incident is the grounding of business activities in the affected areas.Most residents were seen struggling to evacuate their belongings to their neighbours in safer areas.
The victims called on the federal and state governments to come to their rescue by acting fast and save further damage.
According to them, this is the second time they are experiencing such flooding in the area. Apart from the loss of their furniture, beddings, and foodstuff to the flood, they also lamented that various vital documents were damaged by the flood.
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