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Kogi agency warns coastal areas against impending flood

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The Executive Secretary of Kogi State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Ayegba Alhassan, has raised the alarm over the rising level of River Niger and Benue in Lokoja, asking people living by the bank to immediately relocate upland to avoid flooding.

This was coming barely a week after the Deputy Governor of the state Simon Achuba, issued a similar alert on the rising water level, which he said was at a geometrical progression to avoid the disaster which occurred in 2012.

Alhassan spoke when the agency visited Yagba East and Okehi local councils during an assessment of 205 households who were victims of rainstorm in the area.

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He called on residents of coastal communities to start moving upland, adding that they should not wait until they are swept away.

According to him, “As at yesterday we had about 7.5m water level and that calls for serious concern. Lokoja Local Council had a seminar on the issue and they had gone out to enlighten all the vulnerable communities.”

In a related development the State Emergency Management Agency has pledged to bring relief to over 205 households affected by rainstorms in April this year.


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