Flood sacks Kogi Assembly members, cuts off highway

By AdvocateNews on 05/10/2020

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The flooded Kogi State Legislative Quarters
The flooded Kogi State Legislative Quarters

The ravaging flood in Kogi has assumed a new dimension as the entire Assembly quarters have been flooded, forcing members to vacate their houses overnight.

Also, several roads have been cut off, making it impossible for motorists and people to cross to other parts of the state even as reports said many residents have been displaced in some local government areas affected by the flood.

The Assembly quarters, located along Ganaja village, had been housing the 26 state lawmakers since 2003 until now, when the flood forced them out of their homes.

Efforts to reach any of the Assembly members for comments proved abortive, as none of them picked their calls.

They did not also respond to text massages sent by our correspondent as of press time.

As of the time of filing this report on Sunday, no one could access Ganaja village without using a canoe or boat to cross the flooded area, forcing commuters to use another route to Lokoja and beyond.

Our correspondent, who visited some affected areas on Sunday, including the flooded Assembly quarters, observed that no fewer than eight Assembly members could not use their official quarters due to the flood.

It was also impossible to get to any of the flooded parts of the quarters.

Meanwhile, reports from other parts of the state including Ibaji Local Government Area indicated that the flood has been increasing daily and several residents have been sacked from their homes while agricultural produce worth millions of Naira have been destroyed.

Mostly affected are rice farmers who were yet to harvest their crops before the ravaging flood.

There are fears that unless the government and relevant agencies take urgent steps to mitigate the impact on the victims, more harm could be done to lives and property in the affected areas.

Posted 05/10/2020 06:11:27 AM

 

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