Over 200 houses were yesterday flooded and property worth millions of naira destroyed by a heavy downpour in Makurdi, the Benue State capital and other major towns.
The heavy rain in Makurdi, which began at about 10:30pm on Monday lasted till 9:am yesterday, and was accompanied by thunder strikes and windstorm that reportedly uprooted trees and blew off houses in some parts of the town. Most areas including Gyado villa, Idye and Agboul villages, Wadata and Wurukum were affected.
AU reports that Makurdi, the capital, is situated on a waterlogged plane and the administration of Governor Gabriel Suswam has been grappling with how to secure the agrarian town from damage by flood.
But residents said yesterday that the rain did not give any warning signs before it started pouring uncontrollably, taking the resident unawares and unable to remove secure some of their property. This is the third time heavy rain would flood houses in Makurdi and other towns since the rains started this year. The Benue State Emergency Management Agency (BSEMA), ministry of environment and the Benue State Environmental and Sanitation Agency (BENSESA) have not obviously employed proactive measures to avert the situation. This is even as Governor Gabriel Suswam has created a new ministry of environment headed by the commissioner, Dr. Eugene Aliegba, and it is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring sanitation.
Aliegba told newsmen that therwas frequent disposal of refuse from drainages in order to solve the rampant cases of flooding that is caused by blockage of gutters. Mr. Paul Oche, a resident of Idye village, told LEADERSHIP that when the rain was falling, he and members of his family had to pack their mattresses and other valuable documents to place them on the roof of their building to protect them from total damage. “That is how we saved some of our property,” he said. – See more at: http://leadership.ng/news/260613/flood-over-200-houses-affected-benue#sthash.Co2MwhMt.dpuf