A rice mill and five communities in Agatu and other parts of Markurdi, Benue State were on Wednesday taken over by the rampaging flood.
The Executive Secretary, Benue State Emergency Management Agency(BSEMA), Emmanuel Shior made the announcement Wednesday while briefing news men in Markurdi, the Benue State capital.
Shior disclosed a rice mill and other settlements on the banks of River Benue were also affected. He said that the state government had taken proactive measures, including setting up a committee to sensitise the people of the state on the dangers ahead.
He said that the committee consists of officials drawn from SEMA, Ministry of Water Resources, Ministry of Information and other stakeholders in the state.
He said that centres in the state, including the International Market, had been prepared to accommodate displaced persons. In his remark, Mr Lugard Slaku , the Zonal Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for North Central, said that 12 states, including Benue, had been listed as most threatened by flood in the country.
“So we have come with a team trained by NEMA to collaborate with SEMA to assess the situation, check the available facilities and gaps and report back to the head office for additional resources, where needed.” Slaku said.