By Peter Duru
MAKURDI—Over 20 villages have been reportedly submerged by flood in Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State after eight hours of downpour that also washed away several farmlands in the area.
Vanguard gathered that the flood left several families without shelter and food while several water sources have also been polluted.
A source, who pleaded anonymity, said: “All the riverine communities of Agatu have been submerged and the situation was made worse by the lack of drainage in most of our communities.”
Speaking on the matter, the Supervisory Councillor of Finance and Appropriation in the local government council, Mr. John Ikwulono, said among the villages hit by the disaster were Ayele, Utugolugwu and Okokolo.
“Parts of Ogabaji were not spared, while places like Enugba, Oshigbudu, among others, have also gone under water,” Ikwulono said.
Speaking on the development, the paramount ruler of the area, Ada Agatu, Chief Godwin Onah, lamented: “The sad incident is coming when our people are yet to come out of the trauma of several months of herdsmen’s incursion in our area, leading to the death of my people, destruction of property and farmlands in our communities.”
“I am disturbed by this development because our people are yet to come out of the pains of the crisis and now this flood.
“I am pleading with the state and federal governments as well as public-spirited individuals to come to our rescue and assistance before the situation gets out of hand.”