Flood displaces over 200 households in Plateau
by The Guardian
About 200 households have been displaced by flood in Rikkos community of Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau , following heavy downpour on Sunday afternoon .
Mr Al ’ Amin Yakubu , Head, Emergency Response Team of the community disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) on Monday in Jos .
Yakubu said though no life was lost , the flood had destroyed properties and washed away valuables .
“ The flood didn ’ t claim lives , but because it was huge , it displaced over 200 households.
“ These households have lost all their properties and are left with nothing, ” he said .
He said that the displaced persons were currently staying with neighbours, as no camp had been put in place for them.
Yakubu described the condition of the displaced persons as pathetic , adding that access to food , shelter and clothing is already becoming serious challenge for them.
“ As a community, we don ’ t have the capacity and resources to camp these people; we would have done that pending when government will intervene .
“ But we have contacted the National Emergency Management Agency ( NEMA) and the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA ), and both have promised to respond soon, ” he said .
Efforts to reach Alhaji Alhassan Barde , SEMA Executive Director , proved abortive , but a senior staff of the agency who prefers anonymity confirmed the incident to NAN .
He said that the agency had already sent its personnel to the affected community to assess the level of damage.