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10 People Dead, 7000 Displaced By Flood In Plateau (Details)

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No fewer than 10 people have died, while 7, 342 others were reported displaced by flooding in Plateau between May and July this year.

This was disclosed in Jos by the Executive Secretary of the Plateau State Emergency Agency (SEMA), Hassan Barde, on Friday.

According to him, 832 villages were submerged while 1,153 houses were destroyed by flood during the period.

He named Jos North, Jos South, Bokkos, Kanke, Wase, Shendam, Mikang, Jos East, Langtang North and Langtang South as the worst hit areas.

Barde said, however, that the figures were not static because the rains were not yet over.

He added that the value of the damage was estimated at N5.2 million.

Barde said that the agency was doing everything necessary to alleviate the suffering of the people affected by the floods.

“Since May, we have recorded 10 deaths caused by flood, with 1,153 houses destroyed and 7, 342 people displaced from their homes.

“All the 17 Local Governments have been affected by flood with 832 villages totally submerged.

“SEMA has already put in place arrangements to carry out what is called Rapid Post Disaster Need Assessment.

“Very soon we will be going out to the Local Governments affected.

“We will want to see the people displaced, where they are and what they need, to be able to come back and immediately make appropriation to the State Government for intervention.

“SEMA is collaborating with relevant agencies to ensure that citizens follow rules of erecting buildings and sanctioning those who deliberately build their homes on waterways”‎, he stated.

Barde said that his office had already reported the disaster to the National Emergency Management Agency for possible assistance.

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