Well, the rains are here, as they always are at this time of the year. While that is welcome news for farmers and an inconvenient reality for traffic commuters, for the residents of parts of Plateau, it is tragic news. According to reports, scores of residents have been declared missing and over 300 houses destroyed in four local governments from floods that were the aftermath of a heavy downpour that hit the state on Sunday.
The affected local government areas are Jos North, Barkin Ladi, Kanam and Shendam.
A source from Kanam said: “Many persons are still missing as I speak with you, even as livestock and farmlands have been washed away by the flood,” adding that the people of the affected communities were still counting their losses.
In confirming the incident, the Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Alhaji Alhassan Barde, said he was yet to ascertain accurately how many lives were lost and houses were destroyed by the floods.
Barde said the floods affected “Jos North, Barkin Ladi, Kanam and Shendam Local Government areas, and homes were destroyed. As I speak with you now, I am conducting an on the-spot-assessment of the affected areas and would give you the exact figures after the assessment.”
The rains, which started Sunday afternoon, was said to have lasted about four hours.
The state government had issued repeated warnings to residents at the beginning of the year, urging them to desist from building structures along water channels, and encouraging those already living along such channels to relocate.
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