By Peter Duru
MAKURDI â€” Parts of Makurdi, the Benue State capital, have been submerged by a ravaging flood which has also destroyed homes and property worth millions of Naira.
The devastation which was occasioned by about seven hoursâ€™ downpour also rendered most of the affected areas inaccessible as a result of the heavy rain that started late
Tuesday night and lasted till the early hours ofÂ yesterday.
The most affected areas are School Lane, Idye village, Wadata, Logo, North Bank, and WurukumÂ which were heavily flooded.
In some of the affected areas, victims of the flood were seen moving their belongings from their submerged homes to safer areas.
Narrating his ordeal to Vanguard, the Pastor of a church that was also submerged by the ravaging flood at School Lane said: â€œWe thank God that we did not record any death in this area but our grudge is that the ministry in charge of environment is failing in its responsibilities to ensure that the projects they started in some of the flood prone areas are completed on time in order to avoid the ugly situation we have on our hands at the moment.â€
While another resident of Idye village who gave his name as Terna Msuhg said he lost household items to the flood, claiming that the state Ministry of Water Resources and Environment has not helped matters in the state.
Contacted, a Director in the Ministry of Water Resources and Environment who craved anonymity blamed the level of flooding in Makurdi to blockage of drainage, advising that the people desist from emptying their refuse in water channels.