Many residents of Benue State have been rendered homeless and property worth millions of naira destroyed in some communities in Benue State following torrential rainfall.
Some parts of the state, including Makurdi, the capital city have experienced rainfall which started on Sunday and lasted till Tuesday morning, destroying houses and killing animals.
Our correspondent, who visited some affected areas in Makurdi on Tuesday, observed that some residents were stranded while others managed to remove their property. Some of the places visited were Wadata, Wurukum, Idye, Akpehe and Gboko Road.
One of the affected people along Gboko Road, Mrs Ruth Emmanuel, who owns a three-bedroomed apartment, said she travelled out of the town when she got information that her house had been flooded.
“I had to hurry back only to discover that the entire house had been submerged,” she said.
Also, Josephine Tongyi, a 67-year-old farmer, who lives at Rice Mill in the Wadata area, expressed shock at the flooding.
“In this part of the town, it is almost every rainy season that we experience flood and it comes mostly in September and it recedes almost immediately, but this time it is happening in October.
“We had thought the flood would not come again but the heavy downpour of many days resulted in this. I have lost food items, livestock and household equipment. I appeal to government to assist me,” she said.
The Dean, Students Affairs, Benue State University, Prof. Joseph Kerker, who owns a property along Gboko road, said, “In 2012 that we experienced flooding in this area, it has not occurred again. This is beyond my imagination.”
Speaking on the flood, the Executive Secretary, State Emergency Relief Management Agency, Emmanuel Shior said the government planned to open a camp for displaced persons.
Shior said, “We have prepared a place for them at Makurdi International Market, because we hope that the water will not stay for long. As soon as the water recedes, those who can return to their houses would do so and those who cannot, government will assist to get alternative places.”