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Flood submerges three buildings in Kogi


Flood in Kogi

• Three-storey building under construction collapses in Enugu

Three buildings have collapsed as flood ravaged parts of Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Sanusi Yahaya, while confirming this in Lokoja on Thursday, said persistent downpour of the past few days led to the flooding and structure collapse.

He said the water level in River Niger had been increasing in the past two weeks and that the water had reached 9.48 metres, adding that houses along the River Niger bank in Lokoja had been ravaged by floods, and occupants evacuated to safety.He noted that no life was lost. According to him: “Three houses, including a two-storey building have been submerged in Lokoja, while a bridge was also washed away in Igalamela Local Government Area. There is the likelihood of flood occurring in some parts of the state. The flood prediction is coming to pass”.He directed those living along the riverbank and flood paths, to relocate immediately to avoid being washed away.

Also, a three-storey building under construction has collapsed at Monarch Avenue in Independent Layout, Enugu South Local Government Area of Enugu State. It was gathered that the building, which is located behind Catherine Lodge was said to have collapsed on Wednesday night.

There were no casualties reported according to sources. Some residents of the area attributed the incident to substandard materials and the use of quack engineers in the execution of the project.

A resident who gave his name as Clifford Eze told newsmen that there was no casualty adding that block work had already been completed and the building was about to be roofed when it suddenly collapsed on Thursday at about 8:30p.m.

The residents commended the governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, for government’s quick intervention, and charged the state to initiate policies that would discourage use of substandard building materials in construction of houses, roads and bridges. The residents advised government to commence demolition of illegal structures, particularly those on waterways.

But chairman of Enugu South local government council, Sunday Ugwu, said government should not be blamed for every building collapse in the state, adding that people should avoid human-induced disasters.

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Ebere Amaraizu, confirmed the incident. He confirmed that no casualty was recorded.A former official of Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) committee on collapsed buildings, Armstrong Agbo, has said the cause of such collapses usually occur as a result poor quality materials.


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