Several families have been displaced as over 300 houses were submerged as River Benue overflowed its banks in Makurdi, Benue State capital.
The sudden flood, which also swept away property and valuables worth millions of Naira, may have created a major humanitarian crisis in the town and it’s environs, according to Vanguard.
Wurukum, Wadata Rice Mill, Agboughoul, Kutcha Utebe and Gydo Villa are among the areas worst hit by the unfortunate incident.
Buildings less than 500 meters from the shore of the river and those directly behind the New Garage Road are endangered as they could also be submerged by the raging flood.
Narrating the incident, one of the victims who resides in Wadata Rice Mill settlement, John Agboyi, said residents of the area were taken aback by the unanticipated flood.
Agboyi said: “Its strange, we went to bed last night, only to wake up this morning to discover that flood water has overtaken our homes and neighbourhood, all we did was to battle to rescue some of our property from the fast rising flood water.”
A resident of Kutcha Utebe, Terhile Fidelis, who was also affected by the flood lamented how he lost most of his property to the flood.
He said: “My worry is that I do not have anywhere to go to with my family at the moment. I just can’t understand why this sudden rise in water levels cannot be adequately tackled by the government.”