Survivors of the Plateau flood which claimed over twenty-eight lives last Sunday have appealed for urgent assistance from the government and philanthropists as they struggle to overcome the disaster.
According to a traditional ruler in the area, the Longtel of Mikang, Barrister Donald Pontel, the flood has destroyed virtually every farmland in the area, and washed away bridges linking the various communities.
Barrister Pontel lamented that agricultural produce and animals had been swept away by the flood, fearing that this could likely plunge the area into hunger and hardship, unless the government urgently came to the aid of the people.
The Longtel of Mikang expressed sadness that over one thousand families have been displaced as a result of the flood, calling on government at all levels to immediately deliver relief materials to alleviate the suffering of the people.
The traditional ruler also called on well-meaning Nigerians to assist the survivors and their communities with relief materials and help with construction of temporary shelters for those who have been displaced.
Also speaking, the Management Committee Chairman of Mikang Local Government Council, Isah Nenlok, called on both the state and federal government to urgently assist victims of the flood with relief materials and temporary shelter.
A 29-year-old chemist, Nimfel, who lost his pharmacy shop to the flood in Lalin village, said though he did not lose any loved one in the flood, the flood had however left him devastated, owing to the loss of his pharmacy shop.
Nimfel also joined the clarion call for aid from the government, well-meaning individuals and organisations to provide immediate succour to the victims, saying it was shocking and painful for one to lose all he had to the flood.
Another survivor of the flood, Pa Dogo, lamented that the flood washed away his over seventy goats, chickens and sheep, even as he appealed to the government to come to his aid and all those who have lost their houses and means of livelihood to the flood.