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Nigeria: 5,000 families displaced in Kogi State

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At least five thousand families in some communities of Ibaji Local Government Area of Kogi State have been displaced by the flood.

Moreover, most affected communities are communities situated close to the River Niger and Amalo River.

However, the river overflew its banks submerging residential buildings, schools, and farmlands.

Therefore, the flood displaced many families and properties worth millions of naira were destroyed.

The Chairman of the Ibaji Local Government Area caretaker committee, Mr. Willaiam Ikojo confirm the development.

Ikojo, lamented the plight of the victims when he led some officials of the council on an inspection tour to the affected towns and villages.

Meanwhile, the victims are encountering severe hardship with many residing in makeshift structures.

“The local government is working hard to create Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s) camps to resettle those rendered homeless”.

“ Their immediate need is food, hence, the situation is bad now, even the palace of the traditional ruler of Ibaji Chief John Egwemi has been submerged. Said Ikojo.

In like manner, travelers have resort to the use of speedboat as an alternative means of transportation.

Consequently, Ikojo calls on both the Federal and State government to help rescue the situation before it degenerate.

Finally, he said, relief and donor agencies should also come to the aid of the flood victims.

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