Benue State Commissioner for Water Resources and Environment, Mr Dondo Ahile has confirmed the death of a three-year-old boy allegedly drowned in a flood following a heavy downpour in the early hours of Thursday in Makurdi. Mr Ahile said that the incident was reported to him during the inspection of the area.
According to him, the state government has identified the cause of the flood to be blocked culverts and narrow channels that are too small to handle the volume of water in the affected areas. Ahile however assured that the government would do everything to solve the problem as he urged people living along flood-prone areas to vacate such areas as soon as possible to prevent further disasters.
The commissioner said “As a government, we are will try to address some of the causes before the main rain comes. “People living along flood-prone areas should vacate the areas as government cannot be able relocate everybody at a time.” The flood submerged Wurukum Market, Wurukum Park, Living Faith Church, and Pleasure Travels Park in Wurukum.
Others places affected are Gyado, Villa village, Villa Suit Hotel, parts of Idye and Achusa village, amongst others.