Flood Dislodges 200 Households in Plateau State

Flood-in-Plateau-StateAbout 200 households have been displaced by a flood in Rikkos community of Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State, following a heavy downpour on Sunday afternoon.

The head of Emergency Response Team of the Rikkos community, Mr Al’Amin Yakubu, disclosed this today in Jos.

Yakubu said though no life was lost, the flood had destroyed properties and washed away valuables.

“The flood didn’t claim lives, but because it was huge, it displaced over 200 households. These households have lost all their properties and are left with nothing,” he said.

He said that the displaced persons were currently staying with neighbours, as no camp had been put in place for them. He went ahead and described the condition of the displaced persons as pathetic, adding that access to food, shelter and clothing is already becoming a serious challenge for them.

“As a community, we don’t have the capacity and resources to camp these people; we would have done that pending when the government will intervene. But we have contacted the National Emergency Management Agency and the State Emergency Management Agency, and both have promised to respond soon,” he said.

Efforts to reach Alhaji Alhassan Barde, SEMA Executive Director, proved abortive, but a senior staff of the agency who prefers anonymity confirmed the incident. He said that the agency had already sent its personnel to the affected community to assess the level of damage.


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