Floods in Nigeria's Benue state destroy hundreds of homes

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EnviroNews Nigeria, Makurdi, Nigeria

About 200 houses and huts were swept away on Friday in Makurdi, the Benue state capital, following more than four hours of torrential downpour. Many valuables worth millions of naira were also submerged in the flood.

Makurdi is located along the Benue River, the nation’s second biggest waterbody after the Niger.

Flooding in Makurdi. Photo credit: sahara reporters

Flooding in Makurdi. Photo credit: sahara reporters

The latest incident to take its toll on Makurdi residents was the second major flood disaster in the last four weeks.

The hardest hit areas included the Wurukum Roundabout and Railway Crossing, Wurukum Market, Judges Quarters on Gboko Road, Logo and Angwa Jukum, which were completely taken over by flood waters.

Also affected was the personal residence of the Second Republic Governor of the state, late Aper Aku, Benue State University (BSU), Living Faith and Dunamis churches, and houses on Daniel Amokachi Avenue were all submerged in water.

Many shops and stalls at the popular Wurukum Market were also filled with water, while traders battled hard to save whatever they could from the flood.

State Commissioner of Water Resources and Environment, Nicholas Wende, lamented that the state would need about N100 billion to clean up the damage.

He said the state had submitted a request to the Federal Government for intervention, adding that he was also expecting assistance in dredging River Benue as a permanent solution.

Wende explained that the state government had constituted a committee to identify flood prone areas in hope of taking additional measures to control this and future disasters.