Benue Flood: NEMA Deploys Humanitarian Team to State

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The National Emergency Management Agency has deployed a humanitarian team to Benue state to support persons affected by the recent flood that has devastated large part of the state.

Director General of NEMA, Engr. Mustapha Maihaja ordered the deployment today, following the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari.

A statement from Sani Datti, Head Media and Public Relations on Friday, said in addition to the officers of the North Central Zonal Office in Jos, who were earlier sent to deliver immediate humanitarian assistance to the affected persons in the various locations and assess the situation, a powerful team left today to help cushion the effect of the devastation and ensure further supports get to the victims.

“As an emergency response, seven (7) 30 tons truck has been despatched to the state and are due to arrive Makurdi on Friday, 1st September, 2017.

“A reinforcement of another contingent of humanitarian officers headed by Director (Search and Rescue), Air Commodore Paul Ohemu from the Headquarters in Abuja has been despatched to the State.” The statement said.

According to the statement, the DG also sympathized with the affected people and assured that NEMA would work closely with the Benue State Government in providing them with the necessary succour.

 

At least one person has been killed after heavy rains caused rivers to burst their banks in southeast Nigeria, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee their homes, an NGO said Friday.

“We were able to speak to a woman and one of her children was killed in the night, two are in the hospital as a result of the collapse of a building,” said Helen Teghtegh, executive director of Community Links and Human Empowerment Initiative, which works in Benue State.

“The rains have stopped for the past two days so waters are going down, but a lot of property and farmland are affected,” she said.

Twenty-one communities have suffered heavy flooding, with those close to waterways hardest hit, while many thatched houses were destroyed after becoming saturated, she added.

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