Flood: Kogi sets up camps for victims
Written by Uthy on September 11, 2018
Following the flood disasters that left many houses submerged especially in Lokoja, the Kogi State Government has set up temporary camps for victims in the capital city.
Sanusi Yahaya, the Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, informed that camps have been opened in Wada Estate and Old Poly Quarters in Lokoja to accommodate the flood victims.
We are already collaborating with all relevant stakeholders to ensure that relief materials and other essential facilities are provided in the camps.
We had challenge of water supply yesterday (Saturday) because the borehole is not functioning, but we have been able to resolve that by providing alternative water supply sources.
Light and clinic are also other challenges because the camp has not been connected to the grid, but since it is an emergency, we will solve the problems as they are being identified.
The accommodation is adequate for the number of people currently displaced. We can still accommodate more people.
Already, NEMA officials have visited the camps in Koton-karfe. As we speak, they are on their way to Lokoja with other teams sent by the federal government to assess the situation, he explained.
The commissioner advised residents of flood-prone communities to relocate to safer places to avoid loss of lives and property.
All the indices that were in place before the 2012 flood are already here except for the Lagdo Dam in Cameroun that is not spilling water as yet.
As at Saturday morning, the water level in River Niger was already 10.014 metres, compared to its 9.5 metres depth on September 8, 2012; it is time to move away from water, he said.
James Ahmadu, Director of Relief and Rehabilitation, Kogi State Emergency Management Agency, who also spoke with journalists, said that the flood victims had been trooping into the camps that were set up on Friday.