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Flood: Kogi residents scamper for safety as flood level rises.

 

By Yemi Balogun

Passengers have resorted to boarding canoes to their offices, Schools, and marketplaces in a bid to carry out their daily activities as tricycles and motorcycles are getting trapped in water, hence, finding it difficult to ply the roads to convey passengers to their destinations as the floods takes over the major roads.
Residents of Kogi State are, however, calling for government intervention as the flood level keeps rising.
Farmlands, Churches, Fuel stations, Schools, many houses, major roads, market places, and public places are currently being submerged in water in Kogi State.
Many have been rendered homeless as affected communities make efforts to evacuate the areas ravaged by flood.
Local government such as Lokoja, Ajaokuta, Bassa, Konton- Karfe, Ibaji have been taken over by floods as more people scamper for safety.
Our correspondent who monitored the situation in the state capital reports that the worst hit communities in Lokoja metropolis include; Ganaja, Gadumo, Adankolo, Kabawa, Old Market, Nataco-Abuja high way, Sarkin-Noma amongst others.
Meanwhile, passengers have resorted to hiring canoes to convey them to their offices, Schools as well as market places, in a bid to carry out their daily activities as tricycles and motorcycles are getting trapped in water, hence, finding it difficult to ply the roads to convey passengers to their destinations as the floods takes over the major roads.
As of the time of filing this report, travelers are being trapped in Lokoja, the Confluence State of River Niger and Benue since Kogi is the only Nigerian State that borders ten (10) other states.
Residents are calling on the state government to provide quick intervention for them to move upland as more people are becoming internally displaced, trapped in the flood, and stranded.
Recall that Nigeria Metrological Agency (NIMET), had warned that there were chances of flash flooding of roads, lowly settlements and river channels, saying moderate and heavy rainfalls would be witnessed in the Northern and Central States.

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