By David Okpashi in Lafia.
The Director General, Nasarawa State Emergency Management Agency (NASEMA), Zachary Allumaga, said on Saturday, that no fewer than 60 houses, several property worth millions of naira were destroyed in a separate flood disaster in Nasarawa state in August 2023.
Speaking in an interview with Journalists in Lafia, Allumaga said flood incidents in two local government areas of Lafia and Toto in the month of August, 2023, left several homes homeless while other valuables belonging to the affected victims were distroyed.
According to the DG, flood incident in Lafia local government left the Federal University of Lafia off campus where students quarters were submerged and property such as computers, mattresses, books food items and other valuable were destroyed as worst hit.
Allumaga added that another flood was recorded in Toto local government area of the state, where about 60 houses were submerged and several property destroyed.
The NASEMA boss, who said that flooding in Toto was as a result of gully erosion where water passed through to destroy property and left several houses collapsed, promised plans were on top gear to provide relief materials to the affected community in Toto and Federal University off campus in Lafia respectively.
He gave an assurance that the Agency would not relent in it’s determined effort in carrying out its mandate of preventing, mitigating disasters through awareness creation, evacuation of victims and provision of relief materials for victims of disasters.
“The agency has at the commencement of rainy season, embarked on sensitisation of communities living in high prone areas l of River Benue and other flood flash-point local government areas to remind the residents of the danger posed by flood”.
He warned the people of the state to strictly adhere to flood predictions given by Nigeria Meteorological Agency NiMet and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), by avoiding farming, building on water ways.
Edited by Dada Ahmed.