River Benue overflows again to submerge part of Makurdi metropolis

Photo Credits: Daniel Gbabo

Photo Credits: Daniel Gbabo

Part of Makurdi, the Benue State capital, has been submerged as a result of overflow of the riverbanks.

Residents of the Kucha Utebe area along Gboko Road in the state capital woke up on Monday to discover water everywhere around their houses.

Our correspondent who went round the area noticed women and children trying to evacuate household belongings to safe areas.

One of the women, who identified herself simply as Ngunan, told our correspondent that they urgently needed palliative measures to ameliorate their situation.

Ngunan lamented that government had neglected its role of building drainage channels to protect people from flooding in the state capital.

She said, “As you can see, we don’t know where we are going to live, but we are salvaging the little we can and are appealing for help.”

However, a youth in the area angrily dismissed PUNCH Metro from interviewing him, saying if the situation gets to public arena, it would only turn out to be good business for government at the detriment of those affected.

Efforts to get the Benue State Emergency Management Agency coordinator, Mr. Inalegwu Ode, proved abortive as he did not respond to calls and text messages to his mobile line as at the time of filling this report.

The Federal Government just released N500m to compensate the people affected by last year’s flood disaster.

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