The floods that hit Makurdi (In Pictures)…..What can we do to help?

Posted on September 26, 2012



The release of water from the Lagdo Dam in Cameroon devastated farmlands and destroyed houses, flooding Makurdi, the Benue State capital, rendering the popular Makurdi-Gboko road inaccessible.

This is just as more houses, churches, schools and motor parks located around the Wurukum roundabout, the area where the food basket statue is placed, have been terribly washed away by water.

The pupils of the Kingdom Heritage Academy, owned by the Living Faith Church, were restricted from getting into the school, just as parents who had conveyed their wards to attend classes were ordered to go back with them as, according to security men who were at the gate, “there was no school.”

The release of water from the Ladgo Dam in Cameroun has continued to wreak havoc in Nigeria as over 700,000 persons have been rendered homeless and more than 300,000 houses submerged in Makurdi, the Benue State capital. Affected communities include Kutcha, Gyado Villa, Udges Quarters Extention all on Makurdi- Gboko Road as well as Rice mill area of Wadata. When Daily Sun visited the areas yesterday, people were making frantic efforts to salvage their belongings while several others were stranded not knowing where to go.

Mrs. Terver Gbeda, a mother of three who lives about eight kilometres away from the River bank is one of the victims of the water surge. According to the confused mother, the water which began to rise Sunday morning had continued with houses submerged forcing people to vacate their homes.

“When the water started rising on Sunday morning, everyone in the area thought it would soon subside. Instead, it continued to rise more and more. My house is about eight kilometers away from the River bank but the water has risen to chest level.” The story of Mr. Romeo Dajoh and Tyor Michael was not different as they were also trying to rescue what was left of their property and move them to safer areas of the state. Dajoh, however, decried Federal Government’s lackadaisical attitude at tackling issues that affect the people, saying if the River Benue had been dredged before now, the effect of the flood would have been minimized.

Meanwhile, the Makurdi-Gboko express way was blocked yesterday by water at Mu village, near the Nigerian Air Force Base. The development caused traffic jam on the road, even as vehicles plying the route could not have easy access to Makurdi, the state capital.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) were not seen at the scene, at press time, to ensure law and order as well as assist motorists plying the route.

In a related development, motorists travelling to Abuja and other northern states through Lokoja, Kogi State, who are presently trapped by the flood ravaging some parts of the state, are having the worst experience of their lives.

The FRSC has told motorists to take alternative routes to and from Abuja, as a result of the overflow of River Niger.

Ok, so lives and property have been lost and destroyed and we all need to rally around to support these people. Over the next few days, I will be setting up an account and group to raise money and provide some basic things like blankets, mats, pillows e.t.c so these displaced people can be supported and feel loved. Please , Please, Please do whatever you can to support.



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