John Charles and Umar Muhammed
The Makurdi metropolis, Benue State, was again flooded on Wednesday after a five-hour downpour.
It was gathered that the rain started around 12.24am and lasted till 5am, rendering thousands of residents homeless.
The devastated areas are Zone 4, Wurukum, Gebade, Nyinma, Ghana, Naka Road, Wadatta Gboko Road and Media village in Achusa.
PUNCH Metro observed that the only access road linking three major communities in Makurdi was completely flooded, which prevented movement of vehicles.
Parts of the public places buried in water along the major roads were Holy Trinity Specialist Hospital and Hotel Lucia.
Also affected was the Living Faith Church on Naka Road, with several houses within the area completely buried in water.
The state Governor, Samuel Ortom, called on the Federal Government to urgently intervene in the problem of flooding in the state, which he said had rendered many residents of Makurdi, the state capital, homeless.
Ortom, who inspected the flooded areas on Wednesday, described the problem as overwhelming.
He said the problem of flooding had risen at a time his administration was facing the challenge of paying salaries, calling on those living in flood prone areas across the state to relocate.
He directed the State Emergency Management Agency to liaise with the National Emergency Management Agency for the purpose of assisting displaced persons.
The governor also directed that excavators should be used to create emergency water channels, pending Federal Government’s intervention.
He specifically requested the Federal Government to consider the release of ecological funds to Benue State, maintaining that if urgent steps were not taken, the sad experience of 2012 might repeat itself.
He frowned on building of houses on drainage channels and flood plains and noted that such structures would be demolished.
Meanwhile, Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State has raised the alarm on impending flooding across the 13 local government areas of the state, warning that building houses against specifications will no longer be tolerated by the state government.
The governor also gave 30 days ultimatum to filling station owners who had been operating illegally in the state to relocate or face the wrath of the state government.
Al-Makura, who made the statement in Lafia while distributing 17 brand new official vehicles to the 17 serving commissioners in the state, added that Nasarawa State was not exempted from the flooding that had ravaged many states in the country.
He said, “Nasarawa State is not exempted from the floods that have submerged many states.
“All buildings erected against specifications are no longer acceptable by the state government.
“We will soon embark on the demolition of illegal filling stations in the state.
“We are giving those filling stations a 30-day ultimatum to relocate or face the wrath of the state government.”
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